Once the stuff of dreams of a smoker, marijuana or weed has now been legalized in many US states. Even in those states where it is still not legalized, its legalization is fast turning into a reality. As of 2018, as many as 9 states – Vermont being the most recent one as well as the capital of the US, have now made marijuana legal for recreational purposes for adults over 21 years of age. Medical marijuana has been legalized in 19 other states. Find out which states have legalized recreational marijuana.
It was the first state to get recreational marijuana legalized, as far back as 1996. The state, in 2016, made similar laws for residents as Alaska. In late 2017, temporary licenses also began to be issued to medical marijuana dispensaries to let recreational usage being permitted. However, recreational marijuana sales have been banned in some cities like Fresno.
As per new laws that were approved in 2015, residents can now transport, possess or use up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes.
In the last few years, marijuana laws have been relaxed in the Rocky Mountain State. Along with Washington, it became the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational usage in 2012.
In 2012, this state allowed marijuana to be legalized for residents. Washingtonians can now carry 1 ounce of weed although they have to show some valid medical cause to get permission to grow weed at home.
Its residents, since 2016, began to be able to use and transport up to an ounce of marijuana as well as grow as much as 12 marijuana plants at home. Stores will sell marijuana legally from July 2018.
There is an ongoing tussle between the state government and voters regarding the legalization of the use of recreational marijuana in Maine. A 2016 ballot let residents enjoy the right of possession of the drug, which has been continuing since.
In July 2017, the use and purchase of recreational marijuana were legalized. Both visitors and residents can purchase 1 ounce of the drug or 1/8 of an ounce in either concentrate or edible form.
Since 2015, Oregon residents can grow as many as 4 weed plants in home and transport as much as 1 ounce of the drug.
In the United States, it is the newest state to legalize the use of non-medical marijuana. Legal sales are not allowed by new state laws, but residents can grow 2 weed plants at home or carry as much as 1 ounce of marijuana.