Nearly every single week, the apparent contradictions of American cannabis laws show up in the news. A state called Virginia, for instance, recently became the most recent jurisdiction to legalize adult cannabis use, effective July 1. However, just days later, a court upheld federal tax legislation that classified state-licensed cannabis businesses as illicit drug smugglers.
To fix such a dispute, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced that he will propose legislation to “legalize” cannabis on a federal level. Congress may be too separated this year to carry out the full legalization of this bill, but it can start to provide the insight that Canada’s approach offers.
Opposition In The United States
Federal legislation has lagged behind state initiatives in three ways, prompting legislative intervention. For starters, legalizing at the state level implies that each state’s laws are distinct. There are flaws in the state-licensed business, as well as market fragmentation. Furthermore, medical users who are permitted in one state could be arrested in the other.
Besides that, cannabis is still illegal on the federal level, even in states where it is legal. This means that state-licensed cannabis businesses have difficulty obtaining bank accounts and funding, pressuring them to run their mode payment through cash. As a result, they are by far the most common victims of theft.
Finally, the United States government is inaccurate in its enforcement. For instance, Congress prohibits federal authorities from interfering with state medical cannabis systems. And the prohibition must be renewed every year to stay in effect.
Canada’s Cannabis Clarity
In 2001, the Canadian government started the legalization of medical cannabis. Since the government wants legal products to entice current customers and not attract new ones, it allows a wide range of products. The federal government regulates medical sales. Doctors can authorize cannabis treatments, and patients can then grow their plants or purchase them from reputable vendors. Provincial governments are in charge of recreational sales in the meantime.
Some operate public-sector stores, while others license private-sector enterprises.
In addition, this process allows businesses to ship cannabis across provincial borders while also incorporating their operational processes across the country. They can accept credit cards and trade stocks on stock exchanges.
Canada is a prime example of the advantages of full national legalization. Even so, what worked in Canada might not work in the United States. Congress may decide not to continue pursuing full legalization. However, it has the capacity to give Americans more of the certainty that Canadians have.