Marijuana is legal on the federal level, but that doesn’t mean it’s legal everywhere else in the country.
Florida and Colorado are the latest states to legalize the recreational use of the plant.
And that makes it a little easier to move marijuana across state lines.
The two states have been able to pass laws similar to what is currently on the books in California and Oregon, where it is legal to possess and use up to an ounce of the drug in public places.
The federal government says the marijuana in Colorado and Florida is considered a Schedule 1 controlled substance, which is reserved for the most dangerous drugs.
“We’re a state with the highest incidence of drug overdose deaths in the nation, so there’s a lot of work to do,” said Matt Anderson, the state’s chief medical examiner.
“And it’s important to make sure we’re not putting people in harm’s way, and that we are not taking advantage of people who might otherwise have access to the drug.”
A few other states have also been able take a look at the issue.
A study released by the University of Florida in August found that among the more than 12 million Americans who use marijuana in the United States, only one in seven used marijuana recreationally in the past year.
Another study published in September found that in California, only 11.4 percent of adults age 18 and older reported using marijuana in a recreational manner.
There is also debate over the legality of the federal government’s ban on the drug.
The Drug Enforcement Agency has maintained that the prohibition does not apply to recreational marijuana use, but some marijuana users are not convinced.
A new Gallup poll released Wednesday found that while marijuana legalization is gaining momentum nationwide, support for it remains strong among Americans.
About 26 percent of Americans said they supported legalization, compared with 14 percent in February, the survey showed.
In the survey, 64 percent of Republicans and 50 percent of Democrats said they support the legalization of recreational marijuana.