By Will Yakowicz, Forbes on January 6, 2023
Cannabis legalization will continue to flower across the United States in 2023. Currently, 21 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational use for adults 21 years and older, while 37 states have legal medical marijuana programs. An additional 11 states permit the use of products containing CBD and small amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound found in marijuana responsible for getting people “stoned.” That leaves only two states—Idaho and Nebraska—that do not allow for any kind of legal marijuana use.
While three states legalized marijuana last year, Congress failed to pass the SAFE Banking Act and did not vote on two bills that would end the country’s federal prohibition of pot, but 2022 still saw significant movement toward federal legalization—or at least decriminalization.
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