The constant change with cannabis

by DGO Punstuff

What will the cannabis laws, industry and innovations look like in 2024? We’re consulting our crystal ball to find out.

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In the world of cannabis, as in life, change is the only constant. The journey from illicit substance to celebrated medicinal and recreational herb has been nothing short of extraordinary. And as we gear up for 2024, it’s time to don our visionary hats and peer into the crystal ball to see what the future holds for the ever-evolving cannabis landscape.

The turning point is already upon us, with the preceding year, 2023, making significant strides in reshaping the legal and cultural framework surrounding cannabis. Before we dive into the potential wonders of 2024, let’s take a moment to appreciate the groundwork laid by the states and the federal government in the preceding year. These legislative changes, which began in 2023, have set the stage for the transformative developments we can anticipate in the year ahead.

Now onto the fun stuff. We’ve consulted our weedy crystal ball to give you our predictions on the potential legislative changes, technological advancements, and cultural shifts that will redefine the way we interact with the plant, the industry, and, ultimately, our society. So, grab your favorite strain, settle into your comfiest spot, and get ready to embark on a thrilling journey into the world of cannabis. Welcome to the future.

A recap of the legislative cannabis changes in 2023
Before we dive into the crystal ball for 2024, let’s take a quick look at the legislative changes that have paved the way for the exciting future of cannabis. The stage was set in 2023, and it’s essential to understand how we got here.

Headway on federal decriminalization: The winds of change began in 2023, with a significant focus on federal decriminalization. Advocates, politicians, and citizens across the nation came together to push for this momentous shift. While full federal legalization hasn’t yet been achieved, the decriminalization of cannabis on a federal level marked a massive milestone, reducing the stigmatization and penalties associated with its use.

State-by-state progress: In 2023, many more states joined the cannabis legalization wave, either decriminalizing or moveing toward full legalization, broadening access and availability. The increased momentum of state-level changes laid the foundation for a more tolerant and open-minded national perspective on cannabis.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the notable changes made at the state level:

– Texas: In a surprising move, Texas decriminalized small amounts of cannabis for personal use. This marked a significant shift in a traditionally conservative state, where cannabis laws had been stringent.

– New York: New York, in 2023, not only decriminalized cannabis but also moved swiftly toward full legalization. The Empire State became one of the biggest markets for legal cannabis, setting a precedent for other East Coast states.

– Florida: In Florida, medicinal cannabis laws were expanded to include a broader range of qualifying conditions. This allowed more patients to access medical cannabis, making it more accessible and inclusive.

DGO November 2023 Page 15 Image 0001Potential legislative changes in 2024
While there were some surprises in 2023, 2024 promises to be another groundbreaking year for cannabis legislation. While we can’t predict the exact outcomes, here are some potential legislative changes that could reshape the cannabis landscape in the coming year.

Federal legalization on the horizon: The most significant buzz in 2024 is the possibility of federal legalization. The signs are increasingly positive, with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle pushing for reform. Should this come to pass, it could be a watershed moment for the entire cannabis industry, leading to nationwide access, reduced legal ambiguities, and a new era for cannabis research and development.

Cannabis banking reform: One of the persistent challenges facing the cannabis industry has been limited access to traditional banking services due to federal restrictions. In 2024, we may see significant strides toward can-nabis banking reform, making it easier for businesses to operate, access loans, and pay taxes without dealing solely in cash.

Social equity and justice initiatives: In the wake of cannabis legalization, many have voiced concerns about social equity and criminal justice reform. In 2024, we expect to see more comprehensive programs and initiatives aimed at addressing these concerns. This may include expungement of prior cannabis-related convictions and policies to ensure that minority communities benefit from the burgeoning cannabis industry.

Regulatory framework refinement: As the cannabis industry matures, we anticipate states refining their regulatory frameworks. This could include further details on product safety, labeling, and quality control standards. Improved regulation benefits consumers, ensuring they have access to safe and reliable cannabis products.

Taxation and revenue allocation: States that have legalized cannabis have seen substantial revenue streams, and in 2024, we might witness more strategic allocation of these funds. These revenues could be directed toward education, healthcare, and other public services, benefiting society as a whole.

Interstate commerce: While not yet a reality, 2024 may bring discussions on the potential for interstate commerce of cannabis products. This could open up new opportunities for cannabis producers and consumers, allowing for the legal movement of products across state lines.

Global movement: Beyond the United States, countries around the world are also making strides toward cannabis legalization. From Mexico to Canada, the movement is going global. The global cannabis market is poised to skyrocket, and 2024 might be the year it explodes into a multi-billion dollar industry.

The big buzz: With full-scale legalization, expect the cannabis market to diversify and flourish. The economy will see a green rush, and investors will flock to can-nabis stocks like bees to honey. Start-ups, existing companies, and entrepreneurs will jockey for prime positions in the market. Your corner dispensary might become the next Apple store of cannabis.

DGO November 2023 Page 03 Image 0002High on wellness: Can-nabis health & beauty trends
Cannabis is playing a leading role in the era of self-care, and 2024 could push it into overdrive. Move over, cucumber slices; it’s time for the mighty CBD face mask! We expect that the coming year is going to result in canna-bis wellness getting a major upgrade.

CBD everywhere: We’ve already seen CBD-infused drinks, gummies, and oils, but 2024 will take it to the next level. Expect to see CBD in your toothpaste, pillowcases, and workout gear. Companies are getting creative, and you’ll be applying CBD-infused sunscreen and sipping on CBD-infused cocktails at your local bar.

Cannabis retreats: Cannabis tourism isn’t just about visiting cannabis-friendly destinations anymore. In 2024, we predict the rise of cannabis retreats. Imagine spending a weekend in the mountains, practicing yoga, and meditating, all while enjoying high-quality cannabis products designed to enhance your experience. Namaste indeed!

Cannabis fitness: Fitness enthusiasts are going to have a field day with cannabis. From CBD protein shakes to THC-infused post-workout balms, the fitness industry is about to get a new level of zen and recovery. No more sore muscles; just sweet, sweet relief.

Tech-nabis: The canna-bis tech revolution
Next year is the year that cannabis technology gets an upgrade that will blow your mind. With AI, IoT, and data analytics, we’re entering the era of  “smart” cannabis.

Personalized strain recommendations: Imagine walking into a dispensary, and an AI-powered budtender uses your past purchase history and even your mood to recommend the perfect strain for you. It’s like having your own personal weed sommelier.

Customized dosing: Precise dosing is the future, and technology is making it a reality. Smart vaporizers and edible devices will allow you to dial in your desired effect down to the milligram. Whether you want to relax, get creative, or just chill out, technology has your back.

Blockchain for transparency: With blockchain technology, the cannabis industry is poised for greater transparency. You’ll be able to trace your cannabis products from seed to sale, ensuring quality and safety. It’s a win for consumers and the industry alike.

Edible innovation: From brownies to Michelin stars
Gone are the days when edibles were just your grandma’s special brownies. In 2024, cannabis-infused cuisine is hitting a culinary high note.

Elevated dining: Top chefs are experimenting with cannabis-infused dishes, creating high-end dining experiences that rival Michelin-star restaurants. Say goodbye to the old stereotypes of munching on Cheetos in your pajamas; say hello to cannabis-infused tasting menus that elevate your palate and consciousness simultaneously.

Cooking classes: Want to become a cannabis culinary expert yourself? Look for cooking classes specializing in cannabis-infused dishes. You’ll learn to create gourmet edibles that will impress your friends at your next dinner party.

Cannabis mixology: Just as bar-tenders craft exquisite cocktails, mixologists are now experimenting with canna-bis-infused beverages. Say goodbye to the traditional cocktail and say hello to “Green Dragon” cocktails that elevate your spirit and your evening.

Eco-conscious cannabis: Going green in more ways than one
In 2023, the industry was catching up with the massive push to go green — and we think it will continue into 2024, too. And no, we’re not just talking about the sticky icky green stuff, either.

Sustainable cultivation: This is already happening, but we expect 2024 to up the ante. Cultivators are turning to sustainable growing practices, from solar-powered facilities to water-saving methods. It’s all about reducing the carbon footprint of the cannabis industry.

Eco-friendly packaging: Expect to see more cannabis products packaged in biodegradable materials and sustainable packaging. Companies are embracing the green ethos, both in terms of their products and their practices.

Community initiatives: Cannabis companies are increasingly involved in community and environmental initiatives. From beach clean-ups to supporting local charities, cannabis businesses are giving back to the communities that support them.

The “Uber” of weed: Home delivery dominance
The pandemic was awful, but it led to a convenience-first approach. We expect that to stick around throughout 2024, and if you need proof, just take a look at how cannabis home delivery services are booming (but not in Durango, cause…well, you know).

Convenience at your door: It’s like the dream you never knew you had ordering your favorite strains like you would a pizza, and it arrives at your door in no time. No need to venture out when you can get your stash delivered right to your doorstep.

Enhanced selection: Online dispensaries are making shopping for cannabis easier and more enjoyable. You’ll have access to a wider variety of strains, products, and brands without the need to visit multiple physical dispensaries.

Safety and discretion: Home delivery also ensures privacy and safety. No more concerns about running into someone you know at the local dispensary; you can now enjoy your cannabis in the comfort of your own home.

Rolling it up
We expect the future of cannabis in 2024 to be a mix of legalization, innovation, and personalization. From federal decriminalization to tech-nabis advancements, haute cuisine with a twist, and an eco-conscious approach, the cannabis landscape is evolving faster than you can say “pass the joint.” In other words, it’s a brave new world for cannabis, and the future looks greener than ever.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride – because 2024 promises to be one heck of a high time for the cannabis industry, and we’re all invited to the party. Happy toking, folks!


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