It is exhilarating to see the U. S. slowly but surely gain safe, legal access to marijuana as state after state passes adult-use laws.

Already, 78 million Americans live in states where adult-use regulations are in effect, and over two-thirds of Americans have access to medical marijuana; experts believe that most of the country could have recreational marijuana dispensaries within the decade.

However, there are downsides to the manner in which the U. S. is currently proceeding with marijuana legislation.

First, access is incredibly patchy: Most states allow individual municipalities to decide whether they will permit legal access to weed, meaning two people in neighboring towns might be subject to confusingly different laws regarding cannabis possession and use. Secondly, even as states legalize adult-use marijuana, the Federal Government continues to consider cannabis a Schedule I drug and has the power to prosecute minor drug offenses, like transporting bud over state lines — even if a user is traveling from one adult-use state to another.