Legalization Nation: Maine legislator’s quest to treat cannabis as food

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Cannabis can be confusing, to say the least. The United States has not yet legalized cannabis at the federal level, and state laws on pot differ wildly, even in states where recreational cannabis is legal.

At GreenState, we’re doing our best to keep you updated on the latest in cannabis law in the US. That’s why we partnered with Legalization Nation, an explanatory comic strip by Box Brown that provides a perspective to consumers and patients on the complexities of the emerging legal cannabis industry.

Legalization Nation talks about cannabis from a ground-level perspective, addressing issues like the black market, patients’ rights, corporate advantage, and more, and compares state cannabis legalization policies to help make sense of a daunting landscape through a familiar medium.

This week, Legalization Nation examines a unique bill in Maine that would redefine cannabis as food.

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Legalization Nation is a perspective from Box Brown and a product of King Features, a unit of Hearst. Photo: Box Brown

Brian Box Brown

is an Eisner and Ignatz Award–winning cartoonist, illustrator, comic publisher, and Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis patient from Philadelphia. His books include the New York Times–bestselling Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, Tetris: The Games People Play, Is This Guy For Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America, and Child Star. His book, Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America, explores the reasons why cannabis became illegal in the first place, and is often considered a must-read for anyone interested in understanding cannabis history.