We pride ourselves on being your one-stop shop for all things cannabis here at The Center. Today, we’ve got a subject in mind that we’ve been reflecting on for some time now. As we’re coming up on our 12 year anniversary of legal recreational cannabis use in Colorado, there’s no better time to learn about the latest developments in the US cannabis industry.


Keep reading to learn all about them! 


Historical Milestones Shaping the Industry

The journey through the US cannabis industry’s evolution is marked by historical milestones that have played a pivotal role in shaping its current landscape. One such milestone is the gradual shift in legal regulations and societal perception with cannabis. 


But before we look ahead we must first take a stroll down memory lane to understand this country’s history with cannabis


  • The United States has a historical connection with cannabis dating back to the Colonial Era when hemp production was encouraged for various purposes. 


  • After the Mexican Revolution in 1910, Mexican immigrants brought recreational cannabis use, leading to its association with prejudice and fear. 


  • Then as we moved into the Great Depression, concerns were intensified, resulting in the criminalization of marijuana with the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.


  • Despite the cultural shifts that resulted from the 1960s, cannabis was classified as a Schedule I substance pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.


  • Looking a bit further to 1996, California passed Proposition 215 allowing for the sale and medical use of marijuana for patients with certain conditions. It was from that proposition that takes us to present day.


  • Since that proposition has been passed, the US has seen tension between federal laws criminalizing cannabis and state laws beginning to permit it for medical and recreational use.


Looking Ahead 

It’s safe to say that the complex history with cannabis has contributed to a great amount of stigma. As we look ahead, the US is now undergoing a profound reevaluation in destigmatizing this plant as an increasing number of states are changing their laws and classification of cannabis. 


Furthermore, these changes are not only reshaping the industry but also challenging outdated perceptions, fostering a more informed and accepting society. We still have a long way to go before stigma is completely eliminated; but we’re moving in the right direction.


Technological Advancements in Cannabis Cultivation

In the realm of cultivation, the cannabis industry is experiencing a remarkable surge in innovation that extends beyond traditional farming practices. Cultivators are incorporating cutting-edge technologies to optimize plant growth, improve crop yield, and enhance the overall quality of cannabis products. 

Two people on CBD hemp plants field showing growth. They are using tablet.

So, what exactly are these new technologies? According to FloraFlex, they include:

  • Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)
  • Automated Systems and Robotics
  • Data Analytics and AI
  • LED Lighting Technology
  • Extraction Methods and Equipment
  • Blockchain and Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable Cultivation Practices
  • Genetic Research and Breeding
  • Packaging and Labeling Innovations
  • Delivery and Consumption Technologies


By utilizing these new technologies, cultivators are able to align with higher quality product, more efficiency in getting there, and the global focus on environmental consciousness.


Advancements in Extraction Technologies

Now what about extraction technologies? Here in Denver, we’re always on the hunt for the latest and greatest extracts. Let’s dive into the latest developments there. Recent advancements in extraction technologies are revolutionizing by ensuring not only higher yields but also superior quality and purity. 


Cutting-edge extraction methods, such as supercritical CO2 extraction and solventless techniques, are gaining prominence for their ability to preserve the delicate compounds such as the cannabinoids and terpenes within the plant. 


These innovations not only contribute to the production of potent and pure cannabis extracts but also align with the industry’s commitment to providing consumers with a safer and more enjoyable experience.


Showcasing Product Innovations

To explore the latest developments in the US cannabis industry, product evaluation is a must. From unique edibles to potent concentrates to top shelf flower and so much more, the market is witnessing a surge in creativity and diversity on all fronts.


Here at The Center, we are constantly being introduced to new cannabis products we would have never thought of. Cannabis infused ice-cream, infused cooking oil, and infused coffee are just a few of the unique and creative products we’ve seen on the market.


As technology continues to evolve, the development of new products, consumption methods and delivery systems will continue to push the boundaries of what was once considered possible; we’re just getting started.


Regulatory Updates in 2024

As we navigate the latest developments in the US cannabis industry, it’s essential to shine a light on the current regulatory landscape in 2024. While cannabis remains classified as a Schedule I controlled substance at the federal level, individual states, Colorado being the first in 2012, have taken matters into their own hands, implementing laws that give folks access to cannabis.


The Cannabis Times shares “While four states took giant leaps on the cannabis legalization front in 2023—including Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota and Ohio—a host of others have unfinished business lingering for 2024.”


And which states are those? Florida, Idaho, Nebraska and South Dakota all currently have campaigns aiming to put legalization questions before their voters in the November 2024 election. 


Additionally, there are seven other states including Hawaii, Wisconsin, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and South Carolina that do not have the choice to citizen-initiated ballot measures. This means that it’s up to state legislators to invoke changes that are supported by the majority of Americans.


Looking Ahead with Us Here at The Center — Denver’s Premier Cannabis Dispensary

The US cannabis industry has come a long way from where it once was. Here at The Center, we are excited to reflect on our industry’s transformation. We hold a lot of hope for the future with the trajectory we’re on right now. 


After reading this, what are your thoughts on our industry’s latest developments? Take part in the conversation by following us on Instagram & X.  Check out our dispensary’s full adult-menu here.

*The contents of this blog are intended for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.*