Where and how cannabis is legal is still a complicated issue in the U.S. Our northern neighbor, Canada, legalized the recreational use of marijuana in 2018.
In the US the Cannabis industry is segmented into many different forms and each state has its take on what is legal and where.
A growing number of states allow marijuana for recreational and medical use. Anyone of legal age is allowed access to Cannabis products. The legal age, how much you are allowed to carry, and where you can smoke it all vary from state to state. Washington, D.C. has decriminalized marijuana. Residents are permitted to possess and smoke pot, but cannot buy or sell it. For Colorado and Washington, the laws have lead to a healthy industry that brings in millions of tax dollars to the state.
The states where recreational and medical marijuana is legal are:
- Washington D.C.
The original foothold for marijuana was offering it as a legal prescription. California was the first state to provide medical marijuana. Physicians certify patients as benefiting from medical marijuana. It’s a system that was heavily abused in some states. Qualifying can be a painful process or a mere technicality depending on the state. Each state has its say on what exactly is legal for patients. Some can grow their supply of medicine, while others cannot. Some have access to everything, while others can only use specific products.
The states that only allow medical marijuana:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
There aren’t many, but there are a few states that still refuse to allow marijuana of any kind. They keep recreational and medical weed out of peoples hands. Marijuana is still a controlled substance and is illegal on the federal level. So these states are the only ones who are aligned with the federal government.
These states remain completely against marijuana:
- South Dakota
With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is now the only form a Cannabis that is legal on a federal level. Industrial hemp is a hardy crop, and most states are jumping on their chance to start growing it. Twenty-one states were already growing hemp in some form in 2018. The 2014 Farm Bill allowed hemp to be grown under certain programs, usually Universities. Another 13 states started growing hemp this year. In total, 47 states have enacted some form of hemp legislation, either making it legal to use or to grow.
The only states that have no interest in letting hemp in are:
- South Dakota