From I to III: Change the Classification of Marijuana Federally

By: Brandon Lancaster Executive Summary             The citizens of the county want to change the classification of marijuana in America. Marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug and the citizens want it to be considered a Schedule III drug. Marijuana in the United States is evaluated based on racial social context rather than the objectiveContinue reading “From I to III: Change the Classification of Marijuana Federally”

A Change to Federal Marijuana: Policy Brief

By: Brandon Lancaster Introduction             Cannabis within the United States is a controversial subject. Many religious groups condemn the substance as evil, and this belief is further aided by the classification of marijuana on the federal level. This brief seeks to breakdown the current policy surrounding marijuana in the United States. In addition, it alsoContinue reading “A Change to Federal Marijuana: Policy Brief”

Racism or Science: The Current Alternatives to Federal Medical Marijuana Policy

By: Brandon Lancaster The current federal policy within America is marijuana is an illegal, harmful drug. It yields no benefits to the medical realm and it gives the user a high risk of substance abuse. The issue on the table is many state governments ignore this classification and even deem marijuana and its businesses essentialContinue reading “Racism or Science: The Current Alternatives to Federal Medical Marijuana Policy”

How do Medical Marijuana Proponents feel about the Current Narrative?

By: Brandon Lancaster Over the past decade, marijuana legalization has become an extremely interesting topic within the medical field. The narrative and medicinal effects that were so wrongly constructed are beginning to unravel. As the truth begins to come forth, one must truly understand where the lies hide. On February 24th, Alvin Powell (2020) publishedContinue reading “How do Medical Marijuana Proponents feel about the Current Narrative?”

The Keystone Act: Act 16 and Pennsylvania

By: Brandon Lancaster As the entire focus of these memos deals with marijuana, it would only seem logical to understand the process at which medical marijuana is legalized. This memo shall explore the history of how a state legislative branch passed a bill permitting medical marijuana. Pennsylvania’s passing of Senate Bill 3 of 2015-2016 sessionContinue reading “The Keystone Act: Act 16 and Pennsylvania”

The Narrative Must Change: An Implementation of Federal Medical Marijuana

By: Brandon Lancaster Allowing medical use of marijuana and decriminalizing it (along with sufficient regulation) is the most practical recommendation considered from the alternative policy solutions. This memo seeks to explain a plausible federal policy which could be implemented within the United States. The first concern about medical marijuana is the amount of federal control.Continue reading “The Narrative Must Change: An Implementation of Federal Medical Marijuana”

The Most Practical Policy: Where should Marijuana Stand in the United States?

By: Brandon Lancaster According to the Options Memo, there are five alternative policy solutions to the current federal marijuana policy. They are: 1) Enforce marijuana as illegal, 2) Make marijuana medically allowed, but not decriminalized, 3) Decriminalize marijuana, but do not allow for medial use, 4) Make marijuana medically allowed and decriminalized, and finally 5)Continue reading “The Most Practical Policy: Where should Marijuana Stand in the United States?”

Federal and State: The Battle of Medical Marijuana

By: Brandon Lancaster As asserted in the Background Memo, medical marijuana’s main obstacle in the medical field within the United States lies with the federal government. While some state governments have legalized marijuana, the federal government remains obstinate about its legality. This memo will describe the current facts surrounding medical marijuana in the United StatesContinue reading “Federal and State: The Battle of Medical Marijuana”

Historical Context of Medical Marijuana’s Narrative within the United States

By: Brandon Lancaster Cannabis has a complex history within the United States. According to multiple sources, it was considered another cash crop and harmless substance in the United States until the early 1900s (McGettigan; Perlman; Vitiello). Cannabis grew a stigma when its opponents used fear to change the public’s opinion. Harry Anslinger, the first commissionerContinue reading “Historical Context of Medical Marijuana’s Narrative within the United States”