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Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal

In 1996, California voters passed the first laws in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Since that time, all but eight states have passed laws legalizing some form of medical marijuana.

Laws vary greatly from state to state. Some states allow only CBD for use as a medical treatment. Others forbid smoking cannabis but allow it to be consumed in other ways. Some states have legalized both medical and recreational marijuana sales.

While the majority of U.S. states have removed at least some of the penalties and restrictions related to the sale and use of medical marijuana, the sale and distribution of marijuana remains a serious crime under federal law. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Department of Justice “is committed to enforcing the Controlled Substances Act consistent with” Congress’ determination “that marijuana is a dangerous drug.”

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