Current Trends in Cannabis Use in the United States
Current trends in cannabis use: Is the increase in use because of recent research about cannabinoids?
According to the UNODC’s World Drug Report 2016, Cannabis remains the most commonly used drug at the global level, with more than 180 million people having used it in 2015. With roughly 3.8 per cent of the global population consuming weed, its use has remained fairly stable over several years. In fact, there has been change in the social norms towards cannabis – predominantly in the west, cannabis use has climbed in parallel with higher acceptability towards the drug.
The rise in cannabis use appears to have been most pronounced in the United States. Estimates for the Americans show an increase from 37.6 million people (or 6.5 per cent of the population aged 15-64 years) who used cannabis in 2005 to nearly 50 million (or 7.5 per cent of the population aged 15-64 years) in 2015.
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Decriminalization Passes Unanimously in Georgia
Atlanta City Council members voted 15-0 to pass a proposed ordinance to decriminalize marijuana. Under current law, possession of weed within the city limits of Atlanta, Georgia is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.
This new ordinance would eliminate prison for possession of less than an ounce and would reduce any potential fine to a maximum of $75.
Shortly after the vote, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted support for the initiative, which he has eight days to act on or it becomes law automatically. The mayor said he looked forward “to reviewing & signing this legislation.”
The decriminalization measure was sponsored by Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who is running for mayor this year.
“Today we stand with every parent of Atlanta who is fearful of or has seen their children’s lives destroyed, or careers ruined because of a racist policy that unjustly incarcerated minorities by more than 90 percent,” Hall said in a press release after the vote.
Florida Will Not Meet The Deadline for Medical Marijuana Licenses
According to reports, Florida will not meet the deadline for medical marijuana licenses. In light of this news, residents are becoming increasingly frustrated. Considering the constant delays and limitations of their state’s medical marijuana program, their feelings are justified.
After months of waiting, officials have announced that new medical marijuana growers will not be receiving their state-issued licenses to cultivate their crop. And therefore, they will not be able to sell it on time.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FLORIDA
As outlined in an amendment passed earlier this summer, Florida health officials were supposed to distribute 10 medical marijuana licenses by Tuesday, October 3 to growers.
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