The Future of Marijuana Use in the United States
To date, 42% of all US states have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. In fact, there are currently only two states that do not approve of CBD or marijuana use at all. The nation as a whole is warming up to the news of legal cannabis, as only 10% of people polled do not support its legalization at all. Nearly 50% of all Americans live in a state with access to legal recreational marijuana, and those numbers are only projected to rise.
Hemp-based CBD is currently legal at the federal level, however, legislation surrounding this at a state level is much more complex. CBD is fully legal in some states, but only conditionally legal in most. Despite this, many experts believe that change is on the horizon, especially on the state or local level.
Board member of BOWL PAC, Tyler McFadden, says that “[legalization] might not be tomorrow, it might not even be next year, but as long as we’re doing something about it now, we’ll reach it faster than we would… waiting for something to happen without doing anything about it.” Current president of the United States, Joe Biden, agrees with the importance of decriminalizing marijuana use, as he states that “sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit.”
It is these professional opinions and policy change that leaves legislation surrounding marijuana constantly in flux. There are several changes that are predicted to occur in the coming years, with states like Pennsylvania and Florida already working on altering their laws. As federal and state-level regulations shift, the future is bright for those whose lives have been impacted by the US’ previously strict laws.