2019 Was a very successful year for marijuana reform, at both the state and federal level. Illinois became the 11th state legislature to legalize the sale and possession of cannabis. The NPR reported that Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the bill into law on June 25th 2019, fulfilling a campaign promise. Some form of cannabis use has already been legalized in 33 states and the District of Columbia. That includes 11 states that have fully legalized the regulated sale of recreational marijuana. The next wave of legal challenges and legislation will surely happen during the 2020 election season. With marijuana advocacy groups mobilizing around the country; and marijuana reform being on the ballot in at least 10 states in just a few months, including Florida. The question of whether or not it should be legalized is paramount in the minds of many Florida residents.
With Gallop Poll reporting that 66%, 2/3rd of the Americans population now support legalizing marijuana; another new high in Gallup’s trend over nearly half a century. Gallop reports that for three consecutive years support has increased and established a new record. The chart below illustrates the steady increase in support over the last 50 years.
with the legalization of Marijuana narrowly failing in 2019 in several states, lawmakers and voters in many of those states are mobilized and primed to consider the question in 2020. In other states, an uprising of sorts, is occurring in the legalization movements ranging from grassroots ventures to organized campaigns to legislative efforts could prove successful. Even without ballot initiatives, legislators have the power to legalize marijuana, as they did in Illinois. Florida voters supported the sale of legal marijuana in their communities by 61%. Sixty-five percent said adults should be allowed to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use found a A Quinnipiac University Poll in June.
The Controlled Substances Act is the statute establishing federal U.S. drug policy under which the manufacture, importation, possession, use, and distribution of certain substances including marijuana is regulated. it was signed into law by President Richard Nixon effective May 1970.
Even though there have been many amendments to the law. Marijuana is still considered a schedule V drug by the U.S. federal government. Making marijuana illegal federally, and in most states. California became the first state to legalize marijuana over 20 years ago. Since that time 11 states have legalized the sale and use of all cannabis and Cannabinoid drugs. (Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington), the District of Columbia. According to WebMD. Medical marijuana is legal in 33 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Below is a map by state of how the legality of cannabis in the united states.
The legalization of marijuana will boost the economy in many states. The legal marijuana business could exceed more than 30 billion dollars by 2025. Forbes illustrates that states with legal marijuana laws have raked in almost 8 billion dollars in 2019 alone,