Cannabis is a popular plant among Americans for a number of reasons. These reasons are either recreational, medical, or spiritual. Whatever your reason for using cannabis is, it would be wise to understand the legislative atmosphere of this plant. In this article, we will take a look at the legal status of cannabis and what the future looks like for cannabis use in the United States of America
Decriminalization vs Legalization
For years, many marijuana consumers have confused decriminalization with legalization. When a substance is decriminalized, this means that the penalty associated with being caught with it has been significantly reduced. When something is legalized, on the other hand, something that was once banned completely now becomes legally acceptable. Bear in mind that legalization will still come with some restrictions and policies. According to the Controlled Substance Act of 1970, cannabis is still illegal in America on a federal level.
Progress of Marijuana Laws
As of 2020, the use of medical cannabis is legal in 33 states. To use medical cannabis in these states you must receive authorization from a physician who has been certified to assess and recommend cannabis-related treatment. In these states, there are limits on the amount of THC that can be consumed. The reason behind the legalization of the cannabis plant is largely due to the positive research data on the benefits of CBD. The production, sale and distribution of hemp have been made legal by the farm bill of 2018. Hemp is grown for its CBD and for industrial use. It is important to note that CBD taken from a plant that is above the THC content in each state is illegal.
What about the recreational use of cannabis? The majority of U.S states are still against the use of cannabis for recreational use. 11 states in the U.S. have voted to make the recreational use of cannabis legal. These states are California, Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
Outside of the District of Colombia and Vermont, the sale and distribution of cannabis are permissible in all the states that have legalized it.
The Future of Cannabis
2020 and beyond looks bright for cannabis. There are a number of states that will be making decisions on marijuana in 2020. The firm medical cannabis laws that currently exist also seem to be on the way to being a lot more relaxed.
The two most critical factors in the future of cannabis legislation in America is the negative perception of older Americans and the revenue potential of its legalization. Most older Americans are against the legalization of cannabis and this portion of the population votes in high numbers. On the other hand, states are beginning to acknowledge the revenue potential of legalizing cannabis and are seriously considering it.
With the support of cannabis being higher than it has ever been, it is likely that major legislative shifts will be made in a positive direction.