Washington D.C has voted against keeping marijuana as an illegal drug to use for recreational purposes. They have voted in favour of people being able to use and grow their own drug; unfortunately, they have yet to agree to the sale of the drug.
This is going to have an impact on the reason why the federal government chooses not to reclassify the drug and continues to class it as a Schedule 1 drug.
If there are no problems or objections, the hope for the new legislation will come into effect at some point in 2015. In the meantime, it is still possible to go down the route of medical marijuana, for the relief of a number of medical conditions.
It is possible to set up a legal business in one of 23 states, who supplies and grows marijuana for sale to those individuals who have a medical marijuana card.
These businesses are high-risk; however, it is still possible to open a marijuana merchant account. This will give your customers the ability to pay for the goods you provide in a convenient form, like credit or debit card.
Previously, it was a cash based business and this meant higher risks for staff and storing the cash. Allowing businesses to grow and develop by offering the ability to have access to a merchant account and the services they can provide, will improve the economy with the business development.
The aim of the change of law has some elements to stop racial discrimination, with a high number of arrested people being black. It will also have a positive impact on society, because it will reduce the number of arrests and prosecutions for a drug that is less harmful than other legal drugs, including alcohol and tobacco based products.
Fewer arrests relating to marijuana will have a positive impact on the reduction in costs relating to prison terms for this drug and could improve the chances of users of marijuana getting employment and stability in their lives.
Saving money is key to improving the local economy and if Washington D.C can take a positive move forward, then this makes the way for other states to follow their example.
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