Where Is Cannabis Legal In The US?
Washington, D.C. and nine US states legalized recreational cannabis. No prescription needed to light up legally providing you are 21 or older. Each state’s laws are entirely their own, so don’t assume it’s the same next door. The age of use could be different or legal quantity, for instance. Make sure to research each state individually to ensure you understand what’s legal.
Another 29 states allow medical cannabis consumption. That’s great news for CBD patients!
Support for cannabis reached new levels in 2017. That year, a Gallup poll showed how Americans felt about the drug. Of the people polled, 64 % were for legalization.
Don’t forget this means a lot of revenue. Projected cannabis sales for 2017 is 10 billion.
Alaska legalized in 2015. Adults (21+) can smoke, hold and transport up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use. The first dispensary opened in 2016.
Alaska embraced the cannabis tourism. Over 2 million enthusiasts spend two billion dollars while they’re there each year.
California paved the way with legal medical marijuana in 1996. In 2006 they expanded the laws to allow possession and use of up to an ounce for recreation.
Dispensary licenses issued in January of 2018 allow for open sale.
Cannabis is big business in Colorado. They have more cannabis dispensaries than Starbucks cafes and McDonalds restaurants put together. Residents and visitors can buy almost an ounce legally.
Colorado and Washington were the first two states to legalize cannabis, in fact. They took the plunge in 2012.
Main legalized cannabis by ballot initiative. This granted Maine residents the right to have almost two and a half ounces of cannabis. You still can’t buy it, unfortunately. This is a weird situation but hopefully Maine will follow California’s lead.
Massachusetts legalized possession of up to an ounce in 2016. Grow up to 12 plants for yourself, too. The possible future of the state’s legal market is uncertain, however.
Although voters approved dispensaries starting January 2018, lawmakers pushed that back. Dispensaries are now planned for July 2018.
Sin City as well as its home state legalized marijuana in the summer of 2017. Anybody adult can possess an ounce of cannabis. You can also have 8 edibles or concentrates. Nevada already saw a staggering near twenty million in tax revenue since legalization.
No growing wherever you like, unfortunately. Nevada residents must live 25 miles away from the nearest dispensaries in order to grow.
If you’re in Oregon you have it good. You can grow four plants, buy weed and also possess an ounce without any issue. As for edibles, you are able to give them away however you cannot trade or even sell them. No transactions of goods or services allowed.
Governor Phil Scott signed a bill into law in late January 2018 legalizing cannabis. This made Vermont the only state so far to pass legalization without a ballot initiative.
The bill does not regulate sales, however so more work is needed.
Since legalization in 2012, dispensaries in Washington made over a billion dollars in recreational cannabis sales.
Growing requires a medical card, however.
Residents in the nation’s capital voted overwhelmingly to legalize in November 2014.
The bill took effect in 2015, allowing individuals to have almost as 2 ounces and “gift” nearly an ounce.