The Best U.S. States for Cannabis Enthusiasts
Cannabis use—whether for recreational or medical purposes—has long been a controversial issue in the United States. Years’ worth of debates and strong arguments from the opposing and supporting sides have resulted in different levels of legalizations across the country. Some states have already decriminalized the use and possession of cannabis and its derivatives, while most have already allowed its use as a form of medical treatment.
There arenow more and more placesin the U.S. that are givingpeople freedom to carry, use, and even sell orgrow theirown weed. Nevertheless, not all states are created equal when it comes to attitudes and legislations regarding marijuana. If you’re looking for states that offer a cannabis-friendly atmosphere, here are some of the ones that stand out.
California wasthe first state to legalize medical marijuana way back in 1996. The Golden State became even more cannabis-friendly when it legalized the possession and use of up to an ounce (a little over 28 grams) of marijuana without a prescription.
Cannabis dispensarieswill also soon be allowed to operate legally by January 2018. This is when the state will begin to issue licenses to sell non-medical marijuana. In the meantime, cannabis enthusiasts should abreast of the latest cannabis news to make sure that they are updated regarding the most recent developments.
Did you know that there are more cannabis dispensaries in Colorado than there are Starbucks and McDonalds branches combined? This is why manycannabis enthusiasts flock to the Centennial State, which is also known for being a hotspot of different marijuana-related activities like pot tours, weed yoga, and even cooking classes.
In 2012, Colorado was one of the first U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana use, along with Washington. Residents and tourists alike can buy up to 1 ounce of marijuana here, where average dispensary prices range from $12 to $20 per gram, depending on the strain.
The state’s nickname – the Evergreen State – is perhaps a slight foreshadowing of its role as one of the two pioneers of the full legalization of cannabis in 2012. Since then, dispensaries in Washington have raked in over a billion dollars in non-medical marijuana sales.
As in Colorado, people are allowed to carry up to an ounce of marijuana in Washington. However, if you’re planning to cultivate cannabis in this state, you will need proof that you need it for medical reasons before you are issued a grower’s license.
In a veryclose vote—50.15% to 49.85%—last 2016, Maine became one of the first eastern states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The law, which took effect only onJanuary 30, 2017, gives Mainers the right to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana (close to 71 grams), which is more than double the limit in most states.
Cannabis enthusiasts will have to wait until 2018, however, before they can buy from dispensaries.
Oregon, which has been a full legalization state since 2015, has one of cheapest rates for cannabis in the United States.It’s not uncommon to find rates of from $9 to $12 per gram on the streets.
Apart from the right to carry up to an ounce of cannabis, Oregonians can also grow up to four plants at home. What’s more, it’s also legal to give ediblessuch as brownies and cannabutteras gifts. However, take note that these edibles should be consumed in private spaces, which ultimately shouldn’t be a problem.
Good news for adults aged 21 and upwho are visiting or living in the Last Frontier. They can light up their weed in Alaska without worry as it’s one of the few states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
While the statehas only recently (in 2015) legalized the use, possession, and transportation of up to an ounce of cannabis for recreational use, it can be the first state to allow customers to use marijuana inside regulated businesses. The state’s Marijuana Control Board recently approved a proposal for on-site consumption, but there is still the comment and amendments period and the actual vote to hurdle through.
It’s quite a long way to go for the universal legalization of marijuana, but cannabis enthusiasts can rest easy knowing that more and more Americans support legalization. Until then, go ahead and visit these states and enjoy getting your green high.