LifestyleMedicinalRecreationalState and Federal Cannabis Laws for Businesses – What’s Legal and What Isn’t?


Having marijuana become legal medically or recreationally in certain parts of the country is all well and good. The fact remains that it’s still illegal at the federal level and that status shows no sign of changing. Luckily, it seems like federal laws are only thrown into the mix for people who acquire, grow, or distribute large quantities of marijuana. Anyone who decides that they will continue to follow the laws in their state will have a much lower chance of facing penalties. This is why it’s important to continue to be careful even though the legal status has changed.


Paying Attention to Laws

Becoming involved in the marijuana industry requires an advanced understanding of the laws on the books. Reading legislation is not something many people want to do with their free time. In this situation, it’s more important than any other because it could mean the difference between being able to be involved and remaining on the outside looking in. Resources are available that have done the hard work and zeroed in on the most important part of these statutes. Updates are coming out all the time so it’s essential to keep up with what’s happening.


Associating with the Right Entities

There are two sides of the marijuana industry. On one side, there are entities that follow the law and give their customers the best product possible. On the other side, laws are optional and businesses will do whatever they can to get their product in the hands of the customers even if it means cutting corners and risking their customers’ health in the process. People who want to avoid facing federal penalties need to pay attention to the company they keep. Certain opportunities might seem like they’re can’t-miss when really they fall into the category of being too good to be true.


Seeking Proper Investment

As with any business, it’s important to have a good amount of capital in place to operate for the foreseeable future. Getting entities to invest in a marijuana business is challenging, especially in states where marijuana has not been legal for that long. Though the industry might be new, the ways of courting outside investors are very much the same as they have always been. Aspiring marijuana professionals have to have a sound business plan on which they can sell investors. This pitch can mean the difference between a business being able to remain on the up and up or having to cut corners and venture into darker territories.


Waiting for a Change in Legal Status

States that started as having legal medical marijuana have since made it legal for recreational use as well. The pressure for federal authorities to pass legislation to make marijuana legal is mounting. Politicians have floated the idea of making marijuana legal federally, but it has never gone anywhere due to opposition for other parties. This opposition seems to be too strong for any individual group to overcome. Time will tell when there’s enough momentum for marijuana to finally become legal at the federal level.

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