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The state of marijuana laws in the United States has changed appreciably over the last two decades. This rapid evolution can be tracked along five important axes:
1. An expanding landscape of state marijuana laws;
2. Ballooning public support for marijuana legalization;
3. Shifting enforcement policy from the White House;
4. Congress warming to the need for reform; and,
5. State policymakers stepping up to support legalization without backlash.
When President Barack Obama was sworn into office, only 13 states had legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes and none allowed its recreational use, now 15 states and D.C. have legalized recreational cannabis and 35 allow medical cannabis.
Our legislators are slowly evolving their positions on cannabis reform, with many moving to a position of support.
Your continued efforts to educate and lobby our elected officials is a huge part in helping our public servants progress in their knowledge of the benefits we can get from the cannabis plant.