Cannabis Legalization in the US

  • Cannabis legalization in the US began in 1973 when Oregon became the first state to decriminalize cannabis, then in 1996 California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis use, and in 2012 Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational cannabis use. Cannabis Business

    Five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — considered legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. Three others — Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota — decided whether to permit cannabis for medical purposes. Montana weighed whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical cannabis law.

    California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada legalized cannabis for recreational use after November 8, 2016 voting. Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota and Montana voters have approved cannabis for medical use. Vertically Integrated Cannabis Business

    Recently, Louisiana lawmakers amended the state’s existing medical marijuana law, permitting doctors to recommend rather than prescribe medical marijuana, which runs counter to federal law. The law also expanded the list of eligible conditions for cannabis treatment.

    On 19 April 2017 the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, S.B. 386, was signed by Gov. Jim Justice. Beginning no sooner than July 2019, qualifying patients whose doctors have issued them a written certification for medical cannabis will be allowed to register with the health department to use medical cannabis and to buy it from regulated dispensaries.