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Legalization Landscape in The U.S. – States Permitting Marijuana in 2024

Ohio Leads in Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

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Ohio has become the only state this year to legalize recreational marijuana. In a significant move, voters approved a citizen-initiated statute in November, marking a historic change in the state’s cannabis policy.

New Cannabis Possession Laws in Ohio

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Under the new law, Ohio residents who are 21 or older can now legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and 15 grams of cannabis extract. Additionally, they are permitted to grow up to six cannabis plants at home, or twelve in households with two qualifying adults.

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Ohio’s Progress in Cannabis Legalization

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Ohio’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana makes it the 24th state in the U.S. to do so. This follows its earlier move to legalize medical cannabis, reflecting a significant shift in the state’s approach to marijuana.

Kentucky’s Steps Toward Medical Marijuana

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In Kentucky, the General Assembly passed a law this year to legalize medical marijuana, as reported by Nexstar’s WDKY. However, the program’s implementation is scheduled for 2025, indicating a wait for patients.

TSA Guidelines on Marijuana in Luggage

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With the legalization of marijuana in some states, questions arise about the TSA’s policies on carrying marijuana in luggage. This is particularly relevant in states where marijuana has been legalized.

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Efforts to Legalize Marijuana in Other States

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The year 2023 saw attempts by states like Oklahoma and Indiana to legalize marijuana. Notably, Oklahoma’s voters rejected a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in March.

Challenges to Marijuana Legalization in Indiana

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Indiana’s efforts to legalize marijuana faced a setback when a proposal that failed in early April. This reflects the diverse and often conflicting attitudes towards marijuana legalization in the United States.

Marijuana Legalization Status in 2024

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As we look towards 2024, states such as Idaho, Nebraska, and Kansas do not have any public marijuana programs. Meanwhile, other states have established or are developing medical cannabis programs.

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Marijuana Legalization Movements in Florida and Indiana

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In Florida, a significant number of supporters have signed a petition to include a marijuana legalization amendment on the 2024 ballots. Similarly, Indiana is expected to introduce a bill to legalize marijuana in the upcoming legislative season.

Wisconsin’s Medical Marijuana Legislation Plans

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Wisconsin’s political landscape is also shifting, with Republicans planning to propose a bill to legalize medical marijuana. A vote on this legislation could potentially take place in 2024.

Debate Over Federal Reclassification of Marijuana

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The Department of Health and Human Services has recommended reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule III drug, suggesting a moderate to low potential for dependence. This proposal is currently under review by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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National Support for Marijuana Legalization

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A recent Gallup survey indicates that a record seven in ten Americans now support the legalization of marijuana. This consistent level of support over the past three years reflects a significant shift in public opinion on cannabis in the U.S.

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