State after state in the United States dons the green shirt. California isn’t the only state to have legalized marijuana for recreational use; around 37 states have followed suit with regulated use of medical marijuana.
Federal law classifies marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 drug, with a further attribution on potential for abuse. Marijuana products with 0.3% or above THC concentration is considered illegal.
On the contrary, marijuana’s acceptance has also been on the rise. According to a Gallup poll conducted in October, sixty-four percent of U.S. adults support legalizing marijuana for both recreational and medical use.
As for political affiliation, the poll found that 51% of Republicans, 72% of Democrats, and 67% of independents all back legalization.
Furthermore, a report by Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics estimates that the potential market for legal marijuana reaches $9.7 trillion.
Alaska: The Alaska legislature passed a legalization bill in early 2015. Thus, those over 21 could grow the plant and legally transport 28 grams. In late October of 2016, the first retail marijuana store opened. Additionally, there are plans to incorporate retail establishments into the region’s tourist attractions.
California: Marijuana was legalized for recreational use, cultivation, and sale; medical marijuana has been legal since 1996. In 2016, possession of up to 28 grams was decriminalized, though sales to minors remained illegal. Further, sales are prohibited between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Colorado: Colorado was one of the first states, along with Washington, to legalize recreational marijuana use in 2012. Adults, 21 and above in the state can possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow six plants at a time. Public consumption of marijuana is illegal.
Maine: The initiative law allows for possession of up to 70 grams, but that doesn’t mean that members of public can go out and buy any. In November 2017, Governor Paul LePage vetoed a rule that would have regulated and taxed recreational marijuana. Lawmakers and the governor are currently in talks to craft a new legislative framework.
Massachusetts: In 2016, residents were permitted to possess up to 28 grams of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants in their homes. Marijuana store openings were initially scheduled for January 2018, but lawmakers pushed the date back to July that year. Now cannabis is legal in Massachusetts and sales are not suspended.
Nevada: Residents and visitors alike can purchase up to 28 grams of marijuana or 3.5 grams of edibles or concentrates. After the legalization of sales, many stores quickly ran out of stock. Greater than $20 million in tax revenue has been collected by the state since the introduction of the product to the market. In contrast, would-be pot farmers must be located at least 40 kilometers from any legal marijuana dispensaries.
Oregon: Since 2015, residents have been permitted to legally possess 28 grams and cultivate up to four plants. As long as the recipient eats the groceries in secret, they can be donated. To pay for public services like education, social security, law enforcement, and municipal administration, $85 million was collected in taxes in 2017.
Washington: Over a trillion dollars in sales in the state since recreational marijuana use was legalized. It is legal for residents to possess up to 28 grams of marijuana, but only for recreational use; cultivation is restricted to medical purposes.
In the meantime, medical marijuana use has been legalized in Peru, but the country has not yet established a regulatory framework.
It is important to note that transporting marijuana across state lines is illegal because federal law prohibits it.
Even in states with legal use, those lacking means are disproportionately affected by cannabis-related criminal charges. reepher is helping its members who have been charged with cannabis criminal charges by covering their legal fees and other expenses related to fighting the charges. reepher members have access to the resources necessary to retain competent legal counsel.
The members of this liability protection plan have access to legal defense funds in the event that they are arrested for driving under the influence of cannabis, charged with possession or paraphernalia charges.
A conviction for driving under the influence of cannabis is serious business. You could lose your freedom, money, and freedom itself if you get caught. You may choose to hire a criminal defense attorney who specializes in cannabis cases to assist you with this, but be aware that doing so will likely cost you thousands of dollars.