GUNS, WEED, AND STATE’S RIGHTS
IS GREEN THE NEW FDE? BY ADAM KRAUT AND LARS SMITH PHOTOS BY LARS SMITH INTRODUCTION BY ADAM KRAUT, ESQ.
Is Green the New FDE?
Pot. Grass. Dope. Weed. Reefer. Ganja. Marijuana. Whatever you call it, Cannabis has been subject to regulation since the early 1900s. It wasn’t until the 1930s that marijuana was addressed at the federal level — around the same time the federal government imposed restrictions on individual’s Second Amendment rights.
The 1970s brought a number of changes to the United States, including a significant event for marijuana. Oregon became the first state to decriminalize cannabis in 1973. Other states quickly followed. Nearly two decades later, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Over the past 20 years, 29 states and the District of Columbia have followed California’s footsteps, legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Lately, marijuana, particularly the medicinal variety, has been thrust into the same limelight as firearms. Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I narcotic, meaning that the Drug Enforcement Agency believes the drug has no currently accepted medical use (although the majority of states disagree) and has a high potential for abuse. As federal law prohibits an unlawful user of a controlled substance from possessing firearms or ammunition, people who may benefit from medical marijuana are forced to choose between their medicine and an enumerated constitutional right.