Contextualizing Cannabis Legalization OutcomesCannabis (“marijuana”) has a long history of legality and prohibition in the United States. However, it has been federally illegal since the 1970s Controlled Substances Act. The Controlled Substances Act currently categorizes cannabis as a schedule I substance, the most restrictive schedule, quantifying cannabis on par with heroin and indicating a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medicinal use, and lack of safety for use under medical supervision .
Elucidating the Impact of Adolescent Marijuana UseThe term “marijuana” refers to the crude drug consisting of dry, shredded components of several Cannabis plant varietals, including the 2 most common varietals, Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa . Marijuana has gone through multiple phases of legality in the United States, though it has been illegal under federal law since the 1970 enactment of the Federal Controlled Substance Act, where it is classified as a Schedule 1 drug (i.e., no currently accepted medical use, high potential for abuse, and lack of accepted safety data).