When will Weed be Legal Nationwide?


New politicians in office, a Republican Attorney General, and consistent legalization on a state-by-state level has led a lot of Americans to really consider their opinions on the legalization of marijuana. Public opinion is moving toward the legalization of marijuana. In fact, a Gallup Research Center study found that 66% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. But, will weed be legal nationwide?

The Facts About Legalization and The Justice Department 

As it currently stands (March 2020), 33 states have legalized cannabis for medical purposes. Eleven states and Washington D.C. have legalized cannabis for recreational use. States do set individual rules for medical registration. The last couple of years have led to dozens of cannabis policy reform bills pending in Congress. Marijuana legalization in the is widely supported in the most marijuana-friendly Congress in history


As it currently stands, all senators and representatives currently running for the Democratic party’s 2020 presidential nomination have signed onto far-reaching cannabis legislation. Promising that there will be some extra initiatives that some of them will be the lead sponsor of the bills. 

Generational Beliefs Within the United States 

The Pew Research results, broken down by generation, found that every generation of current voters supports the legalization of marijuana (including Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers) except for one (the Greatest Generation). This news shows us while there are currently people in positions of power from earlier generations, there is potential for sentiment to change as more political positions are held by younger voters.

Political Beliefs Within the United States

In a Pew Research study, Republicans, Democrats, and independents were asked to identify their sentiment toward nationwide legalization. 78% of Democrats support legalization, 65% of Independents support it, and 55% of Republicans do as well. 

The Business of Marijuana 

From a business perspective, it was found that legal cannabis sales within North America was at an all-time high of $9.7 billion and they’re estimated to hit $24.5 billion by 2021. Because of this large market, more investors are seeing the growth potential in the industry. The Motley Fool reports that “since the beginning of 2016, quite a few of the largest pot stocks by market cap have surged by more than 1000%, leaving the broader market in the dust.”

In order for an investment in the marijuana industry to reach its full potential, federal legalization would make all of the difference. Potential monetary gain is a major reason behind public opinion swinging in the favor of legalization.

The Rarity of These Results

It is important to note that results showing 61% of respondents not supporting a current federal law is highly irregular. In another question, it was found nearly 82 percent of Americans believe “without the interference of the federal government” states should be allowed to work on their own cannabis laws. Vox reports, “83 percent of Americans choosing anything but current policy is exceedingly rare in any kind of polling.” This shows the sentiment toward federal law does not line up with what federal lawmakers wish to impose. With this disconnect, it is no surprise that marijuana legalization is at the forefront of many minds.

The Tide is Turning

If anything, the tide is turning toward federal marijuana legalization. Recent poll results indicate that the American public supports the federal legalization of marijuana. The majority of every generation supports legalization, except the Greatest Generation. Weed will become legal nationwide, it just may take some time for us to see the big picture results. And if you are an entrepreneur now is the time to invest in cannabis. Here are our 5 top 420 business ideas to start in the cannabis industry this year.

Radina Petrishka

Radina is the Marketing Manager of Cannabis Stack. She has been in digital marketing, branding and company growing management since 2011 and has a proven record of wins with different sectors. Her passions in the canna-businesses are the cannabis culture, fast-developing solutions, and the challenges the field is offering.


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