Drug or not?

CBD Gets You High

Misinformation and confusing legalities stemming from one plant

Ok, now that I got your attention, CBD does not get you high the way regular marijuana does. CBD, without question, is proven to be non-psychoactive.

But our government’s multi-generational stance and its “failed war on drugs” still sends the message that well, “maybe it does get you high”?

Much of this misinformation and mistrust comes from the Nixon presidency and his war on drugs- This war was Nixon’s answer to his major opposition, the anti-war activists of the sixties.

Painting the image to the American public of those dope-smoking hippies who opposed his stance on Vietnam and their anti-American agenda was the only way he could rally support around his political ambition and greed.

A top Nixon aide, John Ehrlichman, later admitted: “You want to know what this was really all about. The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course, we did.” — -https://drugpolicy.org/issues/brief-history-drug-war

The United States had a couple of years of sanity between 1973 and 1977 when 11 states decriminalized marijuana possession. In October of 1977, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to decriminalize up to one ounce of marijuana possession; finally, things started to look normal.

But it didn’t last long.

The old “War on Drugs “ raised its ugly head a few years later by the Regan administration.

Regan and his cohorts were able to paint the picture of a nation drowning in illegal drug use.

Regan cronies like L.A. Police Chief Daryll Gates made statements like “casual drug users should be taken out and shot” — And Nancy Regan’s Just say No campaign did nothing to help a normalize policy toward marijuana use.

In fact, incarceration rates for “marijuana crimes” went from 50,000 in 1980 to over 400,000 by 1997.

I grew up in the southern United States — And as teenagers cruising around, we had to take all the necessary precautions not to get arrested for marijuana possession even if we didn’t smoke pot.

We were horrified by stories of people being sentenced to life in prison for a roach or a few seeds found in their car by the police.

These political agendas and horror stories have done nothing to help this plant recover its reputation as a medicinal remedy used for millenniums.

Finally some sense

This war on drugs went on for years until 1996 California became the first state in the United States to legalize medical marijuana. It was a bold move, and I never dreamed such a thing would happen.

Several states followed suit by legalizing medical marijuana. Soon states and chronically Ill patients started to see improvement in their tax revenues and health rates.

Colorado was the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana which opened the flood gates for 17 other states to legalize weed eventually.

Was it public sentiment? Was it tax revenue? Or was it the failed war on drugs that prompted these states to enact the legalization of marijuana? Surveys show 91% of Americans support legalization or relaxed prohibition of medical and recreational marijuana use.

A whole new set of questions and policy

CBD, a chemical compound found in the hemp plant, got national publicity when Charlotte, a little girl from Colorado who suffered from seizures, had her episodes almost eliminated after her parents gave her CBD.

Like Charlotte’s, other medical success stories prompted the U.S. Congress to pass the 2018 farm bill, which legalized hemp in all 50 states.

Finally, the nation has reached near normalization, or has it? Since the 2018 farm bill, several legal and medical questions have come up.

Because these chemical compounds come from hemp, should they be legal or illegal even though hemp-derived CBD contains less than .3% THC (below the federal legal limit)? These lingering “technical questions” have bogged down full federal approval.

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The FDA still hasn’t approved CBD as a food or beverage supplement, citing further scientific studies that still need to be completed to prove its safety.

I mean, come on! Tons of food products we consume daily are chocked full of sugar and chemically processed additives. None of these have had the scrutiny of the FDA as CBD has had.

Continued antiquated attitudes towards the use of CBD and Cannabis as dangerous drugs by a few and the foot-dragging by bureaucratic entities could damage and endanger the farm bill.

Hopefully, continued bi-partisan political efforts, market inertia, scientific discovery, and general acceptance will finally end this war.

Some significant causes and discussions to get involved with are:

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