I never considered being able to purchase cannabis legally in our home state this early on, however it’s lovely regardless.
For years I claimed that I would move out west to a legal marijuana state because I figured that the conservatives in our own state would never get behind something care about medical or recreational cannabis, especially as early as 2016.
However, our state passed a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana with over 72% of the electorate approving the measure. That’s a sizable show of support, especially for something that was previously a much more controversial issue. In just several years, the tide of public opinion shifts enough for real change to take place. But it wasn’t just our state and other states legalizing cannabis that made such a sizable difference nationwide. It was also the 2018 Farm Bill that broadly legalized CBD and other cannabinoids as long as they’re extracted from plants with less than 0.3% of THC per dry weight. Those plants are designated with the status of “hemp” while anything with more THC is called “marijuana” and still subject to the Controlled Substances Act. To get the CBD out of the hemp plants, various companies carbon dioxide at supercritical hot and cold temperatures as a chemical solvent to pull the cannabinoid out of the plant material. If you have a full spectrum CBD product, that means care was given to pulling out terpenes and other cannabinoids care about CBG and CBC. Having more terpenes and cannabinoids present with the CBD contributes to the entourage effect that is experienced with raw plant forms of cannabis and hemp.