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Illinois Cannabis and Federal Law

Conflict between State and Federal Law on Marijuana legalization Raises Questions

Initially, Illinois doesn’t seem to be getting as great a success as did Colorado in its marijuana program.

Colorado—Nicknamed as the Centennial State—has played a leading role in the country regarding the legalization of cannabis. Consequently, the residents of the state can grow marijuana in their homes and use it for medical and recreational purposes.

On the basis of survey, it has been reported that the volume of sales for both recreational and medical marijuana is gradually increasing. In August alone, the medical marijuana worth $32.2 million was sold to the patients.

A Colorado State Representative, Dan Pabon (D-Denver) has been reported as saying that the state has served as a laboratory for the experimentation of marijuana, thus setting precedence for other states.

As Illinois plans to grow and sell marijuana, it is expected that soon the individuals suffering from muscular dystrophy, cancer and other such diseases will be able to use the drug.

Witnessing vigor and serious efforts in the Illinois medical marijuana program, the analysts in Colorado are admiring the state. Before the detailed discussion and finalization of the marijuana legalization program in Colorado, the bureaucrats did not give legal permission to the people to grow even a single seedling of marijuana.

The Erie County police chief, Marco Vasquez, said that it was a good decision by Illinois to set up the cannabis business in the state only after the legalization process of the drug was over. Marco works for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police as a marijuana specialist.

Colorado, on the other hand, did not follow this model.

The state achieved legalization for medical marijuana by passing the Amendment 20 with the power of vote in 2001.

As the state officials did not give approval to such a move, there were only a few people who could benefit from this Amendment.

With the election of President Obama, the overall scenario experienced a transition.

A professor of law at the Denver University, Sam Kamin, said that people were expecting a different response from the Obama administration. They just decided to wait and see the future events.

Kamin explained that initially there were only a few dispensaries which, within the period half a year, grew in number to more than 1,000. He added that they had made a lot of progress, in this regard, in a short time span.

One of the chief issues faced by Illinois regarding its marijuana program is that of the conflict between the laws of the state and federal government. However, the state is trying hard to launch the marijuana industry and make the drug available for use to the patients.

Kamin said that doctors, lawyers and school teachers may not be interested in the purchase of marijuana, but people have to contribute their efforts to make the program successful.

Now it is the time for the state to bring the people on the forefront who want to use marijuana, so that it may be able to respond to the federal government effectively if asked for the submission of such a data.

If the marijuana program fails, what will be the fate of the individuals and organizations connected with the cannabis industry?

Kamin has been reported as saying that the success of the program has become a big secret. Though the industry promises to fetch huge revenues for the state, it will have to suffer seriously if the banks deny dealing with the business. People are fearful on the idea that there is possibility for their businesses to be shut, their assets to be frozen, and they themselves put behind the bars.

Even the police officers have no clear idea about it.

Vasquez said that they were committed to strictly abide by the constitution of their country and the state of Colorado. According to him, the conflict between the state law and the federal law has become a matter of serious concern for the people. He added that they have got entangled in an add situation in which the one and the same thing is being considered legal by the state while illegal by the federal government.

Though it is being indicated that the federal government would allow the legalization of medical marijuana in the state but the same doesn’t seem to be happening. The federal government would have already done the same if it wanted.

Some of the marijuana experts are of the view that the next elected president of the US won’t probably be putting a ban on such a progressing business.

Pabon, a state representative, expressed his view that the states have always played a great role in the advancement of democratic process in the country. So, as the new president comes in 2016, there seems to be a hope for many other states to carry out the legalization of marijuana. Pablo is optimistic that the federal government will respond to such large scale marijuana legalization initiatives by making some amendment in the federal law.

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