Marijuana has been a hot button issue since a few states have legalized it for recreational use. So, what could be the next step here in West Virginia?
Officials say that a group of lawmakers are pushing to have marijuana removed from it's classification as a dangerous narcotic.
Currently, the federal government has weed in the same category as heroin and ecstasy as a schedule one controlled substance, meaning a drug with the high potential for abuse and with no medical use.
Many people agree that this classification makes no sense.
"I think declassifying weed would actually be a good idea. I don't believe that it's actually a dangerous narcotic. It's natural and I don't see any bad effects from it. I don't believe it's a gateway drug. If people are going to want to do other drugs they are. Using marijuana is not going to do any thing for that," said Megan Prater, a Gilmer County resident.
Some people still see marijuana as a gateway drug and that it should keep its current classification.
"I don't think it's a very good idea due to the fact that I think it would lead to heavier drug usage. I've had friends who have used it and it led to big problems. So I don't think it's a good idea," said Rodney Nelson, a Harrison County resident.
President Obama recently said that he believes marijuana is no more dangerous than drinking alcohol. For now pot will remain a schedule one substance and the president still remains opposed to nationwide decriminalization of the drug.
Feb 18, 2014 at 11:01 AMNeed to explain to confused friends/relatives why drugs like marijuana should stay illegal? Read the Bible!!! Drug users/pushers do NOT get in Heaven! Your choice. Law or not; it ONLY matters what God has to say about it...not stupid men/women in govt. God tells us that in the end times our leaders will have the minds of little children. Well guess what? We got 'em! All over the USA! THIS proves it.
I suppose these ignorant people who support legalizing a mind-altering drug will have no problem with their surgeon smoking a couple joints right before cutting you open? Or your children's bus driver smoking a few before your child gets on the bus for school? Or your babysitter smoking joints while watching your children? Yeah, stupid people really are rampant in this generation. As if they need another reason to become useless to society?!?!
Feb 16, 2014 at 6:33 PMNeed to explain to a confused friend or relative why you feel weed should be legal? Here's a good article on the real reasons it first became illegal, which have a lot to do with why it should be legal now.