Quite a bit is left up to the discretion of individual states in this country.
Despite federal laws, there are numerous jurisdictions left solely to the states of this country.
For instance, it was inividual states legalizing same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court of the United States changed the federal law. On a single hand, this makes perfect sense because this is a diverse country, even just from a geographical standpoint. You can’t use the same approach to statewide issues when population demographics and sizes don’t match either. Despite any frustrations people might have with state sovereignty, the marijuana community has been able to work it to their advantage over the past 30 years to work on ending cannabis prohibition. Now there are more states where cannabis is legal in at least a single form than those where it’s not. Just like with other state laws, the medical miarjuana rules and regulations in our state aren’t totally the same as other states. For instance, our constitutional amendment for medical cannabis legalization states that modern licenses for suppliers are handed out as the patient pool grows to new levels. Despite this rule, the state is behind its original goal. We were supposed to have 40 licenses for medical marijuana companies in this state because our patient pool has easily reached 200,000. Instead of 40, we just approved our 23rd license last month. Hopefully the office of medical marijuana use gets caught up with these licenses, because there certainly is no shortage of applicants. There are companies that happen to run successful companies out west that are looking for a piece of our state’s cannabis market share.