With American support for legalizing cannabis at an all-time high, all sorts of people are keeping up with news about it. Which state will be the next one to fully legalize it? Who’s the latest politician to introduce a legalization bill? It has gone from a political debate question to something both sides of the spectrum have found some common ground on.
It’s definitely exciting news for a lot of people, but approach the topic with caution. After all, federally it’s still an illegal drug, classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA. States that have legalized it tend to have some slight (and some not so slight) differences in how the laws are enforced. If you don’t have the details down about your state’s marijuana laws, you could end up in trouble.
For people who live in Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota, you have a pretty easy explainer: it’s illegal. In all forms. If you live in another state, though, certain forms of cannabis are legal, depending on the form they take and the reason for taking them.
States with Legalized Medical Cannabis
As support for medical marijuana increased, some states began to change their attitudes and test the waters of allowing for legal medical cannabis use. And as more people were treated with it, support grew even more. An April 2018 poll found that 93% of those asked supported legalizing medicinal marijuana. Things changed, and they changed fast.
That hasn’t necessarily translated to country-wide medical cannabis, but the momentum has certainly been in its favor. In May of 2018, 29 states and Washington D.C. all have medical marijuana legalized: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio,