From all appearances, it has been a very good month for cannabis legalization in the southern United States. Full medical marijuana rights are moving quickly through South Carolina’s legislature and Georgia recently legalized medical marijuana in the form of low-potency oils. A landmark Alabama bill decriminalizing possession and expunging past convictions cruised unanimously through a state Senate committee.
These are small steps, yet the South conspicuously has the fewest legal cannabis states of any region in the country. Recreational marijuana is illegal in all southern states and just three states (Arkansas, Florida, and Louisiana) allow for the sale of medical marijuana in any form other than those low-dose Cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp products. The South also has the highest concentration of African Americans of any US region and, just as the national medical marijuana movement is primarily a white, higher-income phenomenon, the growth of the cannabis industry…
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