Regardless the Schedule 1 classification the federal government has set for cannabis, the illicit drug is booming in the U.S. and North America. According to ArcView, a cannabis research firm found that in 2017 North American Sales increased by 33& to hit $9.7 billion, and is on track to hit $25 billion by 2021.
More States Allow CBD or low THC products than you think
The majority of people don’t realize the gray area with broad based medical cannabis legalization and the drug being completely illegal. Of the 21 states that don’t have medical cannabis laws, 17 of them do not have specific laws on their books allowing CBD, the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant.
Keep in mind that a few states that have signed CBD and low THC bills into law are among the Republican strongholds. For instance Mississippi, which legalized extracts, oils, and resins that contain no more then 15% CB and less then 0.5% THC as of April 2014 for epileptic medical conditions. This also includes Alabama, the home state of staunch cannabis opponent. And the current Attorney General Jeff Sessions also signed the law. He also started “Carly’s Law” with decriminalizes the possession of CBD for epileptic patients.
In other terms, a large amount of medical patients in 46 out of 50 U.S. states have some sort of access to CBD or low THC within their state.
4 States That Won’t Allow CBD and THC Products
Currently not having any kind of legalization for CBD or THC, Idaho does have an opportunity to put an initiative for it on their ballot. Having the certificate for review by the Attorney General, supporters must collect 48,793 signatures in order to qualify for the ballot inclusion. They have found out that roughly 91% of Idahoans support the idea of medical cannabis being prescribed by a doctor. So this may be enough to get the ball moving.
Similar to Idaho the ballot for South Dakota had a shot for the same scenario and failed to retrieve enough valid supporting votes. The secretary of state announced April 16th 2018 that there were not enough votes and signatures to support the legalization and that means for now CBD and THC products will remain entirely illegal.
Meanwhile in Nebraska, they are taking the initiative to decriminalize the possession of 1 ounce or less of cannabis. In order for this to go through Nebraska needs 10% of their registers voter’s signatures. This should take place later in November of this year.
Lastly, we have the state of Kansas and in recent times they have not made an attempt to legalize it. In the state of Kansas regardless the amount of signatures doesn’t matter as it is completely up to the legislation of the state to introduces and pass the legalization of cannabis and CBD. It looks as if it will remain illegal for sometime in Kansas.
Looks like some major breakthroughs could be coming into the medical marijuana industry and could be the turning point. Mostly it is based on residents of each state voting for it.