The growing popularity of American showing support to the legalization of medical marijuana has grown in recent years. However, despite politician showing interest in allowing it to their state, there are limited areas where it is legal and there are still several states where it is not.

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For states that have legalized it, it is advisable to still understand the terms and conditions of the bill. Since it is federally still an illegal drug classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA, a person can end up in trouble if not careful.

Folks living in Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota have the easiest explanation of the bill. This means it is illegal in the different forms of this product. However, living in other states there are types of cannabis considered legal, depending on the situation a person is, such as a medical condition or a proof of license allowing you to buy them.

States with Legalized Medical Marijuana

During a poll conducted in April 2018, over 93% of those asked, supported legalizing medicinal marijuana. The support of medical marijuana slowly changed the heart of authorities as the population petitioned for its legality.

Though, the possible country-wide use as medical cannabis is not there yet. From the last May of 2018, 29 states including Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. This also includes other states like Alaska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, , Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Vermont, Washington, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and West Virginia.

The difference matters of the state-to-state details and the level of legality it has. Some states might allow people to cultivate it at home like in Arizona, which the cap limit is at 2.5 ounces of marijuana. And other states allow the patients to acquire prescriptions, to grow, and to cultivate as their own medical use.

States with Legalized CBD

The cannabidiol known as CBD has a small amount of trace to almost no amount of THC in the product, depending on the method of extraction. Its outcome gives the states that haven’t legalized medical marijuana make some exceptions for the medical CBD.

The states who have allowed the used of CBD are: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Of these states, most of them have allowed the use of CBD for epilepsy disorders and Virginia has expanded the law to other conditions in March of 2018.

Georgia and Iowa as an exemption have a certain extent that expands the CBD allowance. It allows medical disorders like Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, cancer, ALS, and AIDs to be treated with cannabidiol. 

Other Countries legalizing Marijuana

Although the United States has slowly opened its door to the potential health benefit of medical marijuana, few other countries had legalized marijuana for nearly 20 years now. Uruguay, for example, has legalized the use in 2017, after legalizing the cultivation in 2014. Now, people buy them through pharmacies, grow at home and even take part in “cannabis clubs,” these clubs are places where paying members can use the cannabis the club produces as their product.

In addition, Spain always had a strong culture of cannabis clubs, because of being legal in private areas but illegal in the public. There’s no question that around the world including the Asian countries, the knowledge of using marijuana and CBD for medical purpose is lacking too many citizens. Depending on the area, possessing medical marijuana may lead to extreme punishments. That is why is essential to be careful when carrying medicated cannabis and CBD in other countries, even with official prescriptions.