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Major Changes in International Marijuana Policy

Recreational marijuana (cannabis) is already legal in states like California, Colorado, and Oregon, and the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs recently removed cannabis from its list of most dangerous drugs – a list that includes heroin, methadone, morphine, opium, and cocaine. Notably, the United States voted in favor of this decision, which is “expected to eventually have a far-reaching impact on marijuana research and medical use throughout the world.”

Unfortunately, marijuana is still fully illegal in Idaho and 5 other states in the U.S., despite the fact that 91% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and/or recreational use. Nevertheless, the U.N.’s huge international decision could affect the way marijuana is handled in the United States. According to an international cannabis consultant who spoke to The New York Times:

Something like this does not mean that legalization is just going to happen around the world [but] it could be a watershed moment.”

An Overdue Change

Advocates for drug policy change have long argued that the way we handle drugs – both in the United States and internationally – is out of date. Portugal famously decriminalized all drugs and has seen positive results, and in November, Oregon became the first state in the nation to decriminalize the possession and personal use of all drugs.

While Idaho hasn’t caught up with these positive changes quite yet, you still have the right to an attorney if you have been charged with any kind of drug crime. By staying up to date with drug policies locally, nationwide, and internationally, our team May, Rammell & Wells can provide you with dedicated representation and informed defense strategies.

A drug charge shouldn’t ruin your life, and with us, it doesn’t have to.

Call us at (208) 623-8021 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.


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