Legalizing Weed: 5 States With Marijuana on Their Mind

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It no longer seems like a matter of if, but a matter of when the federal U.S. government will recognize legitimate medical uses for marijuana. Cannabidiol (or, CBD), a less psychoactive chemical found in the marijuana plant, has a wide range of demonstrated medical applications for conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, schizophrenia, nausea, and seizures, and has even been used to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (or, THC), CBD’s psychoactive big brother, has also been used to address medical conditions such as neuropathic and chronic pain. Medical argument aside, the recreational legalization movement is also gaining traction.

Colorado recently became the first state to begin experimenting with the legal cultivation, processing, and sale of recreational marijuana, possibly paving the way for more states to follow suit. While the federal governments hums and haws, the debate over marijuana legalization is alive and well in many states across the nation.

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