Marijuana legalization has become a hot topic in the United States, with an overwhelming majority of Americans in favor of legalizing its use. According to a recent Gallup poll, seven in 10 Americans support the legalization of marijuana, marking the highest level of support ever recorded, surpassing the previous steady rate of 68% for the past three years (1). This shift in public opinion has had significant implications, as more than half of Americans are projected to live in states where marijuana is legal (2). It is evident that there is no "buyer's remorse" among the public when it comes to legalizing cannabis (3).
One of the latest developments in the legalization of marijuana occurred in Ohio, where voters approved Issue 2, legalizing recreational marijuana by a decisive 57 to 43 percent vote (7). This victory defied Republican legislative leaders who had previously failed to pass the proposed measure (8). With this approval, Ohio became the 24th state in the country to legal marijuana for adult use (9). Additionally, three other states are also on the path to potentially legalizing recreational cannabis by 2024 (9).
The legalization of marijuana has sparked significant changes in both the scientific and social landscape. As states continue to legal cannabis and social norms evolve, the scientific community is striving to catch up with research and understanding (5). This includes exploring the medical benefits of marijuana and its potential applications in treating various conditions. The intricate market of medical and recreational marijuana is also rapidly expanding, creating unique opportunities and challenges (5).