The United States Drug Enforcement Administration categorizes drugs, substances, and chemicals used to make drugs into five distinct schedules. Depending on the drugs acceptable medical use and the drugs abuse or dependency potential determines which schedule the drug is categorized into.
According to the DEA:
Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote.
As of January 1, 2018, marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in Washington State, Washington, D.C., Oregon, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, Colorado, Alaska and now California.
Without upsetting all the horologists out there, I think it’s safe to say that Cannabis, aka Marijuana, has been around for far longer than vaping has. According to Live Science, it has. The history of cannabis is said to span back as far as 12,000 years, placing it among humanity’s oldest cultivated crops. This is compared to the earliest e-cigarette which was first patented by Herbert A. Gilbert back in 1963.
Before Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for recreational use back in 2012, the drug was legal for medicinal use in several states for individuals with ailments, injuries and other maladies. Again, Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Marijuana is categorized as a schedule 1 drug. At the same time as the DEA considers marijuana a drug with no accepted medicinal use, some states still allow it to be used medically. Yes, I know. Over the head and where did it go. The differences between federal and state law is the main impetus for all this confusion.
Understanding that cannabis has been in the “changing lives” game for nearly ten millenniums before vaping was even a thing, it only makes sense that the day would come when states would slowly rewrite their laws based on new adhered to information and deem the crop legal for use recreationally.
While other nations like Argentina, Belgium, Egypt, Taiwan ban vaping; the United States has no statewide vaping ban. Instead, vaping is intensely regulated and controlled by the Food and Drug Administration classifying e-cigarettes as a tobacco product, thus subjecting the delivery devices to the same strict rules and regulations as a product like tobacco, which has quantifiable evidence linking it to cancer and death… just like crack cocaine which is linked to some pretty uncomfortable health conditions.
The DEA conflates marijuana with cocaine while the FDA conflates e-cigarettes with tobacco cigarettes. There’s a pattern here.
Perhaps it’s the different discussion society is having that is driving the push for the legalization of marijuana. That or maybe people are now doing the math and realizing how cannabis is on its way to being the next great cash crop.
Whatever the case may be, vaping, too, is on its way to being the topic of a similar discussion.
When will vaping have its January 1st, 2018?
Perhaps when people start doing the math.
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