California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada followed suit in 2016. Vermont was close behind with legalization occurring through the state legislature (as opposed to voters) in 2018. As of today, marijuana is legal for adult users in these 10 states — California, Washington, Colorado, Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Alaska, Oregon, Vermont and District of Columbia.As far as recreational marijuana goes, many bills are on the table in other states, however, it remains illegal for recreational use in: New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Missouri, Utah, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Indiana, Alabama, Wyoming, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Montana, Connecticut, Rhode Island, North Dakota, Hawaii and New Hampshire. On top of that, the medical use of marijuana is legalized in 33 states. (5) This legalization has begun because of the aforementioned difference between marijuana and “harder” drugs, along with thebenefits that the cannabis plant can provide. This is exciting for many, but also complicated due to the fact that possession of marijuana is still considered a criminal offense at the federal law level. Flying across and transporting marijuana across state lines, drug tests for employees following a visit to one of the states where marijuana is legal and other complications have led many to avoid the topic — and consumption — altogether. Under the most recent Farm Act, CBD sourced from hemp plants is legal in all 50 states, as we mentioned previously. However, CBD from marijuana may remain a gray area for the foreseeable future.

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