Legalization is spreading like an oil slick. The US is entering the new year with full legalization of cannabis in nearly half of its states. What will change in 2023.
The biggest changes are happening in the northeast, where legalization of recreational weed is new in several states. Rhode Island and New York began sales in December 2022. Connecticut will allow sales to adults ages 21 and older on January 10, 2023. Maryland is preparing to allow adult use from July 1.
Missouri also voted to legalize recreational marijuana in November. Pharmacies there are still working to get approval, so recreational sales are not expected to start until February 2023 at the earliest.
Green light for marijuana
A few more states could be added to the list of green states by the end of 2023. Oklahoma will vote on the issue in March. The Ohio state legislature is also considering a bill to legalize the use and sale of recreational marijuana.
Voters in three states — Arkansas, North Dakota and South Dakota — rejected marijuana legalization in November's election. Medical use is legal in all three states. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only three states have no public use marijuana program (neither medical nor recreational): Idaho, Kansas and Nebraska.
Source: thehill.com (EN)