Changes in Cannabis Restrictions in the US

Almost half of all US states have allowed the use of recreational marijuana. 37 states approved medical marijuana usage with 11 of the states allowing CBD oils and limited amounts of THC to be used. Two states do not accept the use of CBD or marijuana. 

The nation is slowly but surely warming up to the idea of legal cannabis with only 10% of the U.S. not supporting legalization. In comparison, 44% of Americans are living in states where access to legal recreational marijuana is allowed. Hemp-based CBD is legal at the federal level, but legislation surrounding this at the state level is more complex. 

Nonetheless, legislation involving marijuana and CBD use is constantly changing, with many new updates predicted to come in the years ahead. It is predicted that at least seven states may approve recreational marijuana by 2030. It also appears that the time period between recreational approval and medical approval is becoming shorter, with the most recent approvals taking only 1,463 days.

Federal restrictions on cannabis are changing as well. At least 50 federal bills involving cannabis were introduced in 2022 while President Biden issued an executive order that pardons citizens convicted of simple marijuana possession under federal law. More attention is also being given to the Controlled Substances Act, Cannabis Opportunity Act, and Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act. With policies around cannabis rapidly changing, prohibitive legislation is no longer so strict.

Cannabis Legislation by State