Where is Marijuana Legal in the U.S?

Where is Marijuana Legal in the U.S?

Where is Marijuana Legal in the U.S? - By Manda Schoonover

The use, possession, sale, cultivation, and transportation of cannabis are all illegal under federal law in the United States. However, the federal government has articulated that if a state passes a law to decriminalize cannabis for recreational or medical use, it can do so, under the condition that a regulation system for cannabis is in place.

That means there are rules, such as where pot can be consumed, whether consumers can grow their own, whether employers can test for the drug and whether weed can be taken outside state lines.

Here is a list of the states that have legalized it and what the laws are:

Alaska

  • Must be 21 and older.
  • You can have up to an ounce on your person.
  • You cannot smoke publicly.
  • Not in parks, on sidewalks, in businesses or on federal land.
  • Only licensed dispensaries can sell weed, and you can only buy it from them as well. 

California

  • Must be 21 and older.
  • You can have up to an ounce on your person.
  • You cannot smoke publicly. Not in parks, on sidewalks, in businesses or on federal land.
  • You can grow up to six plants per residence.

Colorado

  • Must be 21 and older.
  • You can have up to an ounce on your person.
  • You can't smoke it in public.
  • Only on private property, but even some property owners can ban that, and hotels can ban it too. Though some hotels capitalize on welcoming the drug.
  • You can grow up to six plants, with three flowering at once.
  • In January 2018, that number goes up to 12 plants. Also, you can buy it from any licensed retail stores.

Maine

  • Must be 21 and older.
  • You can have up to 2 ounces on your person.
  • You can grow up to six flowering plants,
  • 12 immature plants and unlimited seedlings.
  • You cannot smoke in public.
  • You can't buy or sell it but the aforementioned bill could make that happen by 2018 if the governor does not veto it.  

Massachusetts

  • Must be 21 and older.
  • You can have up to an ounce outside the home, up to 10 ounces inside the home.
  • You can grow it but you can't smoke it in public.
  • You can buy from licensed dispensaries.

Nevada

  • You can hold up to an ounce of your 21 and older.
  • You can't smoke it in public.
  • Only on private property, but some hotels allow it.
  • It’s possible that marijuana resorts will open on Las Vegas Boulevard in the near future, but not certain. Growing at home is banned within 25 miles of any dispensary. 

Oregon

  • You can have up to 8 ounces in your home and one ounce on your person.
  • Must be 21 and older. Can't smoke it in public.
  • You can grow up to four plants on your property.
  • Only licensed dispensaries can sell it.

Washington D.C

  • You can purchase up to one ounce. Possess up to six ounces.
  • Must be 21 and older.
  • Only medical marijuana users can grow it.
  • It’s the only state with this limitation.
  • Don't smoke in public and you can only buy it from licensed dispensaries.
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