Business opportunities abound in medical marijuana — if you can figure out all the laws

The blue states have legalized marijuana for only medical purposes, while the red states have legalized it for both medical and recreational purposes. In all, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form.

It's been almost 20 years since the first state legalized medical marijuana, but conflicting regulations between the states and the lack of federal direction on its rules and regulations have left the industry fractured and stunted.

California passed the first medical-marijuana legislation in 1996, and now 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized use of marijuana to some degree or another. But the federal government has yet to recognize legal uses or even indicated it would legalize usage, hampering or preventing business interests from fully building up the industry.

Each state has its own unique set of rules that governs how marijuana may be produced, prescribed, distributed, and used.


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