It’s 2016 and according to the latest Polls, good ole Murica’ has just elected Donald Trump of all people to be our next president. Yes, Donald Trump! While this is uuuuuge news for sure, the bigger news in my opinion is the current news about marijuana in America.
America did win at the polls in some way, as voters in 4 states legalized recreational marijuana and brought the total up to 8 current states with recreational marijuana legalized so far. When you add in Washington D.C., that gives us a great position of places here in the U.S. that have passed laws that legalize recreational cannabis for adult use.
Cannabis in America has had it’s ups and downs for sure. From being completely legal at one point, to being out right banned for decades, cannabis is now making it’s legal come back of sorts.
Since 1996 when the first medical marijuana law was passed in California, 28 more states have now come on board with medical marijuana laws of some sort. 8 states have legalized marijuana on a recreational level, and several cities across the country have also decriminalized on their level.
With so many states currently on board with marijuana legalization efforts, it’s only a matter of time before we see major federal changes as well.
Until then, happy medicating –
“If those results hold, 29 states will now permit cannabis use for certain medical conditions, including cancer and HIV, and eight will permit recreational use, as does the District of Columbia.”
Source: Ballot initiative results
“Voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada passed measures on Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana”
2016: Ohio, and Pennsylvania legalized medical cannabis via legislature
2016: Illinois decriminalized cannabis.
2016: Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas legalize medical cannabis via ballot initiative
2016: California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts legalize recreational cannabis via ballot initiative
The following states have medical marijuana laws enacted. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications.
Source: NORML Legal Issues