Werner-Simon in Marijuana Business Daily, March 17, 2021 Three Degrees of Legalization: Adult (green), Med (blue) & Severely Limited Access (yellow) The three degrees of marijuana legalization in the United States;
In America, well over nine out of 10 inhabitants live in a place where marijuana is legal to some degree.
While marijuana use has been federally illegal for over 50 years, 328 million of America’s total of 335 million residents (including those in the District of Columbia and four of America’s inhabited territories, specifically the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam) have adopted at least one of three degrees of legalization.
There are first-degree states (and territories), that is, those which have adult-use cannabis programs, have established adult-use implementation dates or passed legislation to legalize adult use.
In first-degree regimes, adults of the state or territory can legally (under the laws of the state or territory) purchase marijuana without the need to show any medical preconditions.