Where is Cannabis Legal in the USA?
Although Dime Bags are amazing for so many other things besides your actual dime bags (think cameras, wallets, phones, keys… you know, the everyday stuff), what sets us apart is our ability to keep your stash a secret – because not everyone’s cool with weed just yet. The legal landscape for weed in the US has been changing faster than the seasons, so we broke it down for you. Here’s where cannabis is legal within the U.S.
Legal Recreational Cannabis
For starters, cannabis is illegal on the federal level. However, there are nine states so far that have legalized it on the state level – for both medicinal and recreational use. These states are: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
Especially nowadays, the US government has been super anti-weed. But polls show that 60% of Americans support legal recreational cannabis, and 94% are in favor of medical cannabis use. It’s predicted that in the next few years, some more states will be legalizing recreational pot: Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.
Legal Medicinal Cannabis + CBD
Now to dive deeper: the government has started to differentiate between tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound in weed which gives you those psychoactive highs, and cannabidiol (CBD), which is full of medicinal effects and doesn’t get you stoned. Cannabidiol comes from both hemp and the cannabis plant, and although these plants are in the same family (Cannabis Sativa), where the CBD comes from determines if it’s legal or not.
Side note – “hemp” by definition can’t have more than 0.3% THC content. “Cannabis,” on the other hand, can have up to 30% or more THC content.
Most states have CBD-specific laws that either control where the CBD comes from (from hemp or the cannabis plant) and specific THC content limits. There are currently 47 states that have passed legislation that make CBD legal, either with a medical prescription or bought at a shop.
States with full legal medical use of all CBD products from both hemp and cannabis: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. US Territories Guam and Puerto Rico have also legalized full medical use of all CBD products.
States where cannabis is legal for medicinal use (with specific THC levels and conditions to be treated): Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
States where all forms of cannabis, hemp, and CBD are completely illegal: Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota. But with the trends of the laws right now, it’s expected that CBD from both hemp and cannabis will be completely legal in all 50 states in the next 5 years.
Hopefully someday the US can follow in Canada’s footsteps and make weed legal nationwide. Canada, the second country in the world to legalize weed, has already seen huge revenue pour in from sales and stocks. In fact, on the first day of legal recreational cannabis sales, stocks held a combined market value of $36 billion dollars. Quite simply, the US is missing out on a HUGE source of cash by keeping this plant illegal.