What the United States can learn from Canada’s cannabis clarity

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The inherent contradictions of American cannabis laws seem to appear in the news almost every week. At the state level, for example,  Virginia recently became the latest jurisdiction to allow adult cannabis use , effective this July 1. But just days later, a  court upheld United States federal tax laws  that treat state-licensed cannabis businesses as illegal drug traffickers. What do we talk about when we talk about cannabis? ‘I’m a firm believer that this is the next CBD’ LSD and the bike ride that changed the world To resolve conflicts like this, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he’ll  introduce legislation to “decriminalize”  cannabis federally. In drafting his bill, he should draw inspiration from Canada.  Congress might be too divided  for full legalization this year, but it can begin providing the clarity that Canada’s approach offers. U.S. contradictions Congressional action is clearly needed, as federal law has fallen behind states’ efforts in three ways. First, state-level legalization means every state’s laws are different. Consequently, state-licensed businesses face operational inefficiencies and fragmented markets. And medical users authorized by one state can  get arrested in another . Second, cannabis remains federally illegal even where states legalize it. This means state-licensed cannabis companies have trouble getting bank accounts and financing, compelling them to operate mostly in cash. That makes them prime robbery targets. Meanwhile, consumers can’t legally carry state-authorized cannabis across state lines, although  many do . Federal illegality also impedes research. The  Senate drug caucus  and  several federal agencies  have made clear they want more cannabis studies. But the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) permits just one university  to grow cannabis for research .  It has stalled federal licensing of new growers  and blocked research involving state-licensed cannabis. Third, the U.S. government is inconsistent about enforcement. For example,  Congress bans federal…

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