Medical Marijuana Is Now Legal in Most US States
On Election Day in the United States, Arkansas voted to permit the medical use of marijuana. Twenty-seven other states legalized medical marijuana earlier. Eight states now permit its use for non-medical reasons as well.
State officials now will propose measures to govern the growth and sale of marijuana. However, production, sale and use of the drug remains a federal crime.
Jake Bleed is an official at the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. He says many people are asking questions connected to the decision on marijuana.
"Do people get preference? How do employers deal with these questions? How do state employees apply? There's a lot of questions out there that we're getting, that we're going to have to work through the answers to."
Some people use marijuana to fight pain or discomfort caused by disease. The drug also helps some people deal with the sickness caused by some treatments of disease. It can also be used to ease some effects of brain disorders.
Asa Hutchinson is the governor of Arkansas. He says that federal laws are more powerful than state laws. He says the Obama administration did not order action against states that made marijuana use legal. He said they did not have to fear federal enforcement powers, although the new laws violate federal measures. But he wonders about the president-elect.
"Will the Trump administration have a different approach? We don't have the new attorney general yet -- what will be their approach?"
The economies of some states have improved where medical and recreational use of marijuana is permitted. Governments have collected hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes. That, and public demands, means more states will likely consider legalizing marijuana use.
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1.How do employers deal with these questions?
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美国大选当日，阿肯色州将就医用大麻合法问题进行投票 。此前，已有27个州允许医用大麻药合法化 。8个州允许非医用大麻合法化 。
阿肯色州官员将采取措施控制大麻的种植与买卖 。然而，大麻的种植、流通以及使用依然被列在联邦犯罪的名单中 。
杰克·布利迪（Jake Bleed）是阿肯色州金融管理部门的工作人员 。他说很多民众都咨询关于大麻合法化的问题 。
大麻可以缓解疾病带来的痛苦与不适 。大麻还能帮助人们抑制因治疗引起的恶心 。同时也能减轻脑功能障碍造成的影响 。
阿萨·哈钦森（Asa Hutchinson）是阿肯色州的州长 。他说联邦法律比各州法律更具法律效力 。他说，奥巴马当局没有颁布条令反对各州大麻合法化 。他表示，各州无需担忧联邦法律的执行效力，虽然大麻合法化违反联邦条例 。但他不确定新当选的总统会有什么举动 。
医用、娱乐性大麻合法化后，一些州的经济得到了改善 。政府新增税收达数亿美元 。加之民众的需求，意味着更多州会考虑将大麻使用合法化 。