When it comes to polarising health topics, there would be hardly any subjects that spark more debate than weed. Can it improve your health? Lower your stress? Make you more forgetful? Even make you skinnier? The science is still, well, hazy—but some research is starting to give us an idea of what exactly weed does to the human body. One thing that sparks no debate is that weed isn’t the best thing to have when someone wants to get a sound sleep. Despite all the deliberations held against this addictive substance, Massachusetts voters, on November 8, 2016, overwhelmingly approved the legalisation of recreational marijuana.
Leo Beletsky, an associate professor and a drug policy expert who holds joint appointments in the School of Law at Northeastern University and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, shed light on his insight into what would the expected line of orders in the coming by President-elect Donald Trump’s administration could impact the implementation of the new law. The aftermath of the law will be regarding the legal status of marijuana possession and individual cultivation. Anyone equal to 21 years old or older age can thereafter possess 10 ounces in their primary residence of marijuana. Not only this, anyone qualifying the age criteria can even cultivate up to six plants per person, or up to 12 in a home, subject to lease restrictions.
Although personal possession of marijuana was decriminalised in 2008 and arrests for possession are already rare, the new law completely eliminates any fines or other penalties and substantially increases the quantities threshold. One concern that isn’t addressed is that the legalisation of possession and cultivation of marijuana would induce non-smokers to consume it and smokers to increase its consumption. It may help in magnifying the consumption expenditure, but would this justify the standard of life the United States boasts of? This question would remain unaddressed.