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Overview of Federal Laws About Marijuana

Marijuana is one of the popular substances that are abused. It is commonly referred to as weed, pot, or grass. It is derived from the dried flowers of the Cannabis sativa plant. It is consumed as it gives a high. It is hand rolled in the form of cigarettes and smoked, known as smoking joints. It is considered an illicit drug but is consumed by many, especially the youth. Studies have shown that nearly 44% of 12th graders in the US have tried this drug. 33 states in the US have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, whereas 11 states have legalized it for recreational purposes. However, Federal law does not legalize its use.

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Federal Laws Related to Marijuana

Marijuana is a controlled substance and is hence covered in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Listed as cannabis, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug under the act. Since many states have legalized the use of marijuana, there is a conflict between state and federal laws. In 2014, the US Congress passed the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. According to this law, any person who takes cannabis for medical reasons allowed by the state cannot be prosecuted by the federal government.

It must be noted that cannabinoid, a substance obtained from marijuana is approved by the FDA for medicinal purposes. While marijuana or cannabis itself is illegal for medical purposes, the use of cannabinoids in medicines is allowed. It is even allowed at the federal level for non-prescription use but it is restricted to usage of cannabidiol that is derived from industrial hemp, which is a variant of the Cannabis sativa.

Marijuana, along with heroin and LSD, is included in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. This is the category of drugs that does not have medical value and has a very high potential for abuse. Growing marijuana is an offense, as is distributing and marketing it. This is a violation of federal law. However, in practice, not all cases are prosecuted, especially in states where the use is allowed.

Anyone who allows their property for use by someone else for manufacturing or storage of distribution of marijuana knowingly is guilty of a federal offense. The key is to do it knowingly. If it happens unknowingly, it is not an offense.

The law prescribes severe punishment for trafficking in marijuana. The punishment depends on the quantity of marijuana being trafficked. The punishment is as follows for the first offense committed:

  • Imprisonment for up to 5 years. Fine of up to $250,000 for individuals and $1 million for others if marijuana trafficked is less than 50kg or less than 50 plants
  • If trafficking is between 50 to 99kg or 50 to 99 plants, then imprisonment is for a maximum of 20 years. If serious injury or death results, then minimum imprisonment is 20 years with a maximum of life imprisonment. The fine is $1 million for individuals and $5 million for others
  • If weight of marijuana trafficked is between 100 to 999 kg or 100 to 999 plants, then the imprisonment will be a minimum of 5 years and maximum of 40 years. Death or serious injury will lead to 20 years to life. Fine is $5 million for individuals and $25 million for those not an individual
  • For trafficking of marijuana of more than 1,000kg or more than 1,000 plants, imprisonment is 10 years to life. If serious injury or death occurs, 20 years to life. Fine is $10 million for individuals and $50 million for others

For second offense, the quantum of punishment doubles in most cases.

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