January 15, 2021 INTRODUCTION

The Complexity of Marijuana and Hemp

By Daniel F. Gourash

Legalization of marijuana and hemp at the state/territory level throughout the United States has resulted in a highly complex legal and regulatory landscape of which judges must be aware. Following the November elections, marijuana is now fully legal in 15 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Twenty states and the Territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands permit medical use of marijuana and have decriminalized recreational use. Thirteen additional states permit medical use of low THC/high CBD products for medical use.

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