Here are the US States Where Cannabis is Now Legal
On January 1, 2018, the US government legalized the use of medical marijuana in 29 states and recreational marijuana in 9 states. The support for cannabis reached a new high last year with 64% of Americans in favor of it, even the Republicans. Below are all the states in the US where people can legally consume Marijuana:-
California was the first state to legalize marijuana back in 1996, and it strengthened its bond with weed when in 2016, California made it legal to use and carry up to one ounce of marijuana. Earlier, the state had given temporary license to the dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana but on January 1st, 2018, it issued a permanent license.
Adults over 21 can legally consume weed in Alaska. In the year 2015, the state made it legal for people to consume, possess, and transport up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use. In 2016, the first pot shop in the state opened for business post-legalization.
Colorado has more marijuana dispensaries than McDonald’s and Starbucks outlets combined. Along with residents, tourists can also buy up to one ounce of weed in the city. Washington and Colorado were the first two states to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the year 2012.
Washington dispensaries have collected over USD 1 Billion in sales of recreational marijuana since it was legalized in 2012. The residents can carry up to one ounce of weed, however, they must acquire it for a medical purpose to be eligible for a grower’s license.
In 2012, residents in Oregon obtained the right to carry an ounce of marijuana and grow up to four plants at their residence. It is also legal to exchange weed edible products as a gift, as long as it is consumed in a private setting. In 2017 the state paid USD 85 million in marijuana tax revenue to fund state police, public health initiatives, local government, and schools.
Nevada residents, as well as tourists above 21-years old, can carry an ounce of weed or one-eighth of an ounce of concentrates or edibles. The dispensaries ran out of marijuana to sell within two weeks after the sales of recreational weed were legalized in July 2017.
- Washington, DC
The residents of the country’s capital overwhelmingly came in support of legalizing recreational marijuana in November 2014. The bill was passed in 2015 and allowed people to use and carry two ounces of weed and gift up to an ounce.
In 2016, Massachusetts gave its residents the right to use and carry one ounce of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants at home. However, the state’s legal market is still uncertain. The lawmakers have postponed the decision regarding the opening of pot shops, which was supposed to come in January 2018, till the end of July 2018.
The residents of Maine received the right to use and carry 20.5 ounces of marijuana, which is double the limit of what most states have allowed. However, on November 2017, Paul LePage, Governor of Maine, vetoed a regulation that would regulate and tax the sale of marijuana for recreational use.
In addition to the nine states that legalized recreational marijuana, below are the states that have given a green light to medical marijuana:-
- New Hampshire
- New York
- New Mexico
- New Jersey
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
While the above-mentioned states have legalized marijuana to a certain extent, there are still many places in the US fighting for an equal right. The support for marijuana across the US is pretty strong and in the coming years, the industry is bound to witness a stride for the better.