In the United States, 42% of all states have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. Overall, marijuana use has become more accepted; Currently, 21 states permit recreational use for those over 21, 37 approve of medical marijuana, and only 2 states do noy approve of CBD or marijuana use at all. In general, the nation is warming up to the idea of legal cannabis, however, the legislation surrounding hemp-based CBD is more complex.
CBD is fully legal in 17 states, and is conditionally legal in the other 33. Experts believe that the winds of change aren’t far away, especially on the state or local level. Paul Armentano, the Deputy Director of NORML says that “[legislation] victories have almost exclusively all been at the state and local level” and that he “expect[s] that trend to continue in 2023.” Similarly, President of the United States Joe Biden agrees that “sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit.”
Some upcoming cannabis legislation to keep an eye on is in states like Florida and Rhode Island, where research projects that states like these may approve recreational marijuana by 2030. Federal regulations may be shifting as well, with more than 50 federal introduced in 2022 alone. Any remaining prohibitive legislation that is currently in place is rapidly diminishing, and the US’ policies on cannabis will continue to change in the coming years.