Will the U.S. legalize marijuana? Although 33 states have legalized medical cannabis and 10 have also legalized recreational pot, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. But legislation is moving through the U.S. Congress that would change federal laws to recognize individual states’ authority to enforce their own marijuana laws.
You can pretty much count on the marijuana legalization bill passing in the House of Representatives. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), a sponsor of the bill, thinks that the votes needed to pass the legislation in the Senate are there. He also has stated that President Trump supports the effort.
But don’t put the cart before the horse. There’s a four-letter word that could stand in the way of U.S. marijuana legalization. And that word is spelled h-e-m-p.
Hemp, like marijuana, comes from the cannabis plant. A key difference is that hemp contains very low levels of THC — the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis — while marijuana contains a significant amount of THC. Because of this difference, a person can