The legalization of cannabis in the United States has been a topic of debate for several years, with an increasing number of Americans supporting both medical and recreational use of the drug. Currently, 21 states and the District of Columbia allow adults over the age of 21 to use marijuana recreationally. In addition, 37 states have approved the medical marijuana business, with varying restrictions on THC concentrations and medical licensing.
The push for legalization has gained momentum in recent years, with the Biden administration expressing support for the decriminalization of marijuana. This has led to a flurry of legislative activity, with over 50 federal bills introduced in 2022. The Cannabis Opportunity Act (CAOA) and Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE) are two bills that have been introduced to loosen restrictions on the drug.
Furthermore, there is growing support for the de-stigmatization of marijuana use as a social justice issue. Non-violent marijuana possession charges have disproportionately impacted minority groups, and the Biden administration has issued an executive order pardoning those convicted of such crimes. This, along with the legalization of marijuana in several states, has paved the way for a shift in federal policy towards the drug. By 2030, seven more states are expected to join those that have already decriminalized marajuana.