The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition will be held in Los Angeles, California from Sept. 26 through Sept. 29, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
This meeting of the minds occurs three times each year and organizers say it’s hard to pass up for those looking to expand business horizons and industry knowledge.
Marijuana legality in the U.S. has been a give-and-take issue unfolding over many decades, but the overall stance in the U.S. is now leaning toward general approval. With this in mind, CWCBExpo wants to provide a run-down of marijuana milestones that highlight moves toward decriminalization and legalization. Those include:
- Pushing Back: Efforts to curb access to marijuana throughout the 1930, ’40s and ’50s is met with counter-culture opposition come the 1960s. Federal policy was formally challenged by pro-pot activists while the Johnson administration in 1968 formed the forerunner of the Drug Enforcement Agency. NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, was born two years later.
- State’s Rights: In 1996, California became the first state to approve growing and possessing marijuana for medicinal purposes. The heart of the “Compassionate Use Act” was mirrored in 19 other states between 1998 and 2013 as state’s rights take center stage. In 2012, Washington state and Colorado both spearhead recreational use. In Florida, voters approved medical marijuana in 2016.
- Popular Opinion: A Gallup poll from late 2017 shows that more than 65 percent Americans, “support legalizing marijuana for both recreational and medicinal use.” This is the “highest support since Gallup first asked the question in 1969.”
- This Moment in Time: Across the U.S., there are 31 states that have allowed for marijuana use in some form. This still stands in contrast to federal laws on the books, which classifies it as a “schedule 1” drug. In California, for example, Proposition 64 made sale and distribution legal as of Jan. 1, 2018.