Why Federal Regulation?
Cannabis legalization is already happening, but federal action has been absent.
This support spans both parties and multiple generations.
Federal action is not only needed, it is inevitable.
Over 158 million Americans now live in a state with legalized, adult-use cannabis.
38 states and the District of Columbia have some form of a legal cannabis market.
- 22 states and the District of Columbia have legalized adult-use cannabis
- 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical cannabis
0% of Americans support legalization.
Public opinion has shifted to support legalization.(Quinnipiac)
Two-thirds of Americans support legalization.
U.S. adults who oppose legalization fell from 52% in 2010 to 32% in 2019.
- An overwhelming majority of U.S. adults (91%) say marijuana should be legal either for medical or adult use.
- When asked, nearly six-in-ten Americans (59%) favor legalizing marijuana for medical and adult use, while another 32% say it should be legal for medical use only.
Continued state-by-state expansion without federal oversight and coordination creates intractable problems for consumers, patients, regulators, law enforcement, and the public. Fifty states with 50 different rules for cannabis means no standardization on critical issues like product format, testing, taxation, driving under the influence, or workplace safety. It risks a regulatory race to the bottom, will not eliminate the illicit market, and will not properly protect public safety and public health. A federal cannabis regulatory framework must be realized to create a safe and equitable cannabis industry in the United States.