In 2021, four more states legalized recreational cannabis. In 2022, only Rhode Island has crossed over to allowing adult-use weed. It is surprising that more states haven’t amended their laws considering public support and potential income. At this point, 19 states now allow full legalization of recreational marijuana. Nineteen others have instituted medical marijuana programs. The majority of the leftover holdouts are extremely conservative states where legalization pessimism is strong among lawmakers. One of the biggest disappointments for cannabis supporters this past year was Delaware. A bill to get rid of penalties for possession passed with wide majority in both chambers but was then vetoed by John Carney, the Democratic governor. Ohio, New Hampshire and Hawaii also shot down legalized recreational weed. In Kansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina, medical bills failed. In states such as Louisiana, Indiana and Wisconsin, the legislative efforts are unlikely to reach a positive outcome due to GOP-dominated state legislatures. There is still hope for an increase in the number of states permitting recreational marijuana purchase and possession. Public perception is rapidly changing. If the half dozen states who are pursuing legalization pass these ballots, half the states in the country would permit adults 21 and older to legally possess marijuana. Cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, creating some confusion. In the states with legalized recreational cannabis, consuming is prohibited in public. There are limits for the allowable quantity per day and it is illegal to transport marijuana across state lines. In each state, the laws are slightly different. It’s always wise for consumers to familiarize themselves with the specific laws and restrictions before visiting the dispensary.