How 2023 is Affecting Cannabis Restrictions in The United States

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Marijuana use has become widely available in recent years, as nearly half of all US states have legalized the use of cannabis recreationally. There are only two states that do not approve of CBD or marijuana use at all. In general, the nation is warming up to the idea of legal cannabis. Almost 60% of the population supports medical and recreational use of the substance, and only 10% do not support its legalization in any capacity.

Hemp-based CBD is currently legal at the federal level, however, the legislation surrounding its legality in each specific state is much more complex. Experts believe that change isn’t far away, and that especially on a state and local level, more legalizations are in our future. Several professionals and notable figures have weighed in on the subject, saying that they “expect [these] trends to continue in 2023” and that “sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives.” 

As we move deeper into 2023, states like Florida, Rhode Island, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are projected to see changes in their legislation regarding recreational marijuana use. The time period between medical and recreational approval is shortening, and federal regulations are already beginning to shift as well. The United States’ policies on cannabis are rapidly changing right before our eyes, leaving many citizens hopeful for the future.

Cannabis Legislation by State