Cannabis - Legislations In The US

One of the main concerns that all cannabis enthusiasts in the globe are constantly concerned is about the cannabis legislation in the US. The nation is continually making changes to its cannabis-related laws and catching up with these ever-changing laws and staying abreast with them is becoming a tough challenge for many. However, not keeping oneself familiar with the latest legislation pertaining to cannabis and its use could get him or her to serious trouble. 

The Ever-Changing Cannabis Legislation in the US

Not long ago, most of us would remember that Cannabis was considered totally illegal. Cannabis was existing only in the black market or the underground market. It was accessible only to people who had connections with shady groups. Today, thankfully, that is not the case. Just as we are reading this in at least 33 states, cannabis is legal, and it is permitted in one form or the other. 

Among the 36 states in at least 11 states cannabis as a recreational drug is legalized. 

States in which cannabis for pharmaceutical use is permitted (as on the date this post was made):

  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Maine
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Michigan
  8. Nevada
  9. Oregon
  10. Vermont
  11. Washington
  12. Arizona
  13. Arkansas
  14. Connecticut
  15. Delaware
  16. Florida
  17. Guam
  18. Hawaii
  19. Illinois
  20. Louisiana
  21. Maryland
  22. Minnesota
  23. Missouri
  24. Montana
  25. New Hampshire
  26. New Jersey
  27. New Mexico
  28. New York
  29. North Dakota
  30. Ohio
  31. Oklahoma
  32. Pennsylvania
  33. Puerto Rico
  34. Rhode Island
  35. Utah
  36. West Virginia

 

The following states allow cannabis as a recreational drug (as on the date this post was made):

  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Maine
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Michigan
  8. Nevada
  9. Oregon
  10. Vermont
  11. Washington

 

Source: https://www.governing.com/gov-data/safety-justice/state-marijuana-laws-map-medical-recreational.html

 

Where Are We Heading With Regard To Cannabis Legislations In The US?

It does not take much to infer that soon all the states join the cannabis club by allowing cannabis for recreational use. Until a few years ago the use of cannabis was totally prohibited and possession of cannabis in any form elicited legal action. Today in 33 states medical marijuana is legal. Already 11 states have made recreational marijuana legal. These numbers are likely to increase however slow this change might be, it is bound to happen. However, we could foresee that the use of pharmaceutical cannabis and recreational cannabis will be fully regulated even if they are going to be legalized. We have no timeline and we cannot possibly put a deadline when cannabis will be legalized in all the states of the US.

Even if it is going to be legalized throughout the US, regulations are bound to be there pertaining to how much cannabis one could possess at any given point of time.  

What Do The Federal Laws Say?

Before you could leap in joy, you should also be aware that as far as the Federal laws are concerned, cannabis is still illegal even though the state laws have legalized cannabis in many states. As a Schedule I drug, cannabis will be a fully regulated substance. 

What Is Called For Now?

If you are wondering why there is so much of fuss about marijuana lately as this has been a drug that has been in use for thousands of years in the history of the human race, you should understand that the Nation has its own responsibilities to prevent the possible abuse of cannabis. What is really called for now is the responsible use of cannabis. Just because it has been legalized in your state for medicinal use and for recreational use, you cannot take an irresponsible approach towards this substance. 

We cannot underestimate the potential risks in the use of cannabis or turn a blind eye towards the possible abuse of cannabis. If cannabis enthusiasts would like to see a positive change in the cannabis legislation, it is important that they not only use cannabis responsibly but also source them responsibly. What do we mean by this? If irresponsible sourcing trends are going to be prevalent or observed then both Federal Laws and the State Laws are going to tighten their belts with regard to the shady movements of this Schedule I drug. 

When everyone sources their cannabis supplies from approved, legal sources and avoids the black market then things are likely to change fast. We know that it is a ‘Utopian dream’ but it is very much possible even though it is likely to take some more time before all the pegs fall in their places. Now that we have advanced regulatory systems in place and that we have the support of the latest technology, 100% legalization of cannabis while still keeping it a fully regulated drug is very much a workable option.

Make An Effort

In your own time, you have seen that we have come a long way in terms of cannabis laws. Every year we see changes and just because the laws pertaining to cannabis are changing you cannot plead ignorance. If you are using cannabis in any form or if you are planning to use cannabis in any form, it is your responsibility and your responsibility alone to keep yourself up to date. Follow cannabis forums online. You do not have to be a legal expert to follow or to understand the cannabis laws. Unlike before it is a lot easier to access information pertaining to the latest cannabis laws in a matter of few clicks on your computer or a few swipes in your mobile phone. When things are so easy, there is really no excuse. After all, by keeping yourself familiar with the legislation pertaining to cannabis in your state and in the US at large you will be in a better position to defend yourself as you would know your rights better. Make an effort to check the cannabis laws time and again. 

Disclaimer: 

The legal status of cannabis presented above is likely to change at any point in time. This post shall not be quoted as legal material at any point in time as it just presents the information that is already available online and you are required to use your own discretion in consuming the information presented here.