The National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) yesterday passed a resolution guiding our federal government to alter the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), and to restrict themselves from meddling with state laws allowing for the legal production and use of cannabis.
The NCSL is a bipartisan NGO (or non-governmental organization) established in 1975 to bring together the members of state legislature’s from around the United States. The NCSL strives to improve the effectiveness of state legislatures, promote innovative policy and communication among state legislatures, and to magnify their voice in the federal system.
The NCSL resolves “[S]tates and localities should be able to set whatever marijuana and hemp policies work best to improve the public safety, health, and economic development of their communities.” Members passed the resolution overwhelmingly by a voice vote.
The resolution represents a strengthening voice among state lawmakers that the feds should embrace, not squash, the progressions states are making to amend their cannabis and hemp laws, and encourages federal lawmakers to consider rescheduling marijuana in order for states to safely and effectively move forward in their reforms.
At this time, 23 states as well as the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws on the books, and half of all US states recognize industrial hemp production. Four states, plus Washington D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Without a doubt states have realized the botched efforts of cannabis prohibition and are enthusiastic to try out other policies.