Within a short span of time, the United States is poised to reach the tipping point between persecution and acceptance. Right now, 24 states and the nation’s capital have listened to the hearts of their people and accepted cannabis. Ohio is but a signature away from becoming the 25th. That is half the country. So where is cannabis legal? This breakdown will spell it out for you.
So where is cannabis legal?
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
- In Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia, it is also legal for recreational use by adults. Guam, a territory of the US, also allows medical use.
17 other states allow low-THC oil
These states do not allow recreational use, whole plant comprehensive medical use, or even whole plant extracts, but do allow for low-THC, high-CBD oil to be used or medical necessity to be given as a reason for justifiable defense in a court of law to avoid prosecution.
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Idaho would also be on this list, but the measure, SB 1146, was vetoed by the governor after legislative approval on April 16th, 2015.
The near future
If Ohio gets the Governor’s signature on legislation that has passed through the state, it will make the number 25 spot for medical legalization, but that isn’t the end of the line for this year.
12 other states are also in the running to put recreational legalization on the ballot this November:
- New York
- Rhode Island
In addition, Louisiana, which actually passed medical legislation in 1991, has made strides in the last year to get a working framework in place to actually allow its medical cannabis law to take effect, and may finalize that effort this year.
That puts acceptance at most of the country
That’s right, most of the United States accepts at least one form of cannabis as medically viable. 42 states (including Ohio) out of 50 say that cannabis is medicine. Polls show the highest support for legalization that the nation has ever seen.
With the DEA facing not one, but 2 petitions calling for the rescheduling or descheduling of cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act in days to come, this boiling pot of American sentiment may just sway them to accept the inevitable. Cannabis should never have been made illegal in the first place.
With the population of the states in acceptance, already well over half the nation can go get cannabis legally, and should these petitions fail, rest assured there will be more. The question for the DEA is whether they can afford to deny the truth at this late stage of the game and still keep their slim credibility intact. Wars have been instigated for lesser acts of oppression in history.
Do you think that the DEA is waiting on Ohio to tip the scales before they make their decision? Will this year be the one? Voice your hopes and fears on social media or in the comments below.