What States Have Legalized Marijuana

This will be one of the most interesting years of the decade because there is a lot of hope and promise for the widespread legalization of cannabis. And yes, even though we’re still some ways from having it legal both for medicinal and recreational in all 50 states, there has already been MONUMENTAL progress that could lead to that very destination in the next years to come.

What States Have Legalized Marijuana

So what states have legalized marijuana? Well i can tell you for sure that whatever number you have in your mind, it’s much lower than that. But despite that, it’s still a signifiant increase from the year prior.

The states that are currently legal for recreational use are:

  • Colorado
  • Alaska
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Washington
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Vermont

It’s also been legalized in Washington D.C.

How Many States Have Legalized Cannabis

Right now as of May 2020, there are 33 states that have legalized cannabis but for medicinal use only. Now this number may seem high but keep in mind, only 11 states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. This number is extremely low in my opinion considering majority if not all the polls in 2019 were in favor of marijuana being legalized on a federal level, for medicinal and recreational use.

So what’s taking so long? Sadly, there is still a worry about the potential long term effects of marijuana due to the lack of studies on this particular subject. You would think that by now, in the year 2020, we would have the technology available and the urgency to get these tests done and processed quickly for results, as do I. However, once marijuana was declared a Schedule 1 drug, it prohibited scientists and researchers to conduct tests on all the different effects. Now they are beginning to get some results back but it hasn’t really been long enough to satisfy Congress members to fully endorse recreational use.

Hopefully this year, or in the near future, the effects of cannabis can be fully explored, and then I hope that everyone classifies it as the medicine it truly is. (: