Despite the protestations of policy experts, medical professionals, and dedicated activists around the country, the federal government continues to classify marijuana as a schedule 1 narcotic. The Drug Enforcement Administration defines that particular class of substances as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” a phrase that quite objectively does not describe marijuana. But despite the federal government’s intransigence, it appears that more and more Americans aren’t taking Reefer Madness as gospel.
Marijuana can be purchased from a dispensary with a valid state-issued card in these states. Some of them also allow patients to harvest a limited amount of their own weed for personal medical use.
Legalization of weed is happening all over the country. This map shows where.
Decriminalization of marijuana typically means no arrests, prison time, or criminal record for first-time offenders found in possession of a small amount of marijuana. More serious offenses might still face stiffer penalties, but simple possession charges are essentially treated like minor traffic violations. Selling marijuana remains against the law in states that have only decriminalized it.
Still, like any substance, it’s important that if you live in a state that has now or recently legalized marijuana to keep anything safely locked, stored, and out of sight and reach of your children. It’s also important to, just like alcohol, not partake in the drugs around your children, because of the mental, emotional, and social effects, along with the unknown physical health effects.
All of these states have also decriminalized marijuana and set up medical cannabis programs.
Canada legalized marijuana federally in 2018, but US has not followed suit, forcing states to chart their own courses. As it stands, marijuana is still considered an illegal Schedule I drug by the US government.
Three states—New Mexico, Virginia, and South Dakota—passed legalization in recent months, and the laws took effect in late June and early July.
In New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a legalization bill into law in April. Retail sales are set to begin next year, though state residents are now able to grow and possess marijuana as of June 29.
See all the states where marijuana is legal:
Marijuana legalization is spreading around the US.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state in May, though patients aren’t expected to have access to cannabis until next year.
New Jersey was one of four states, along with Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota, where voters backed legalizing recreational cannabis in November. Voters in Mississippi approved the creation of a medical cannabis program.
Since 2012, 18 states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for adults over the age of 21. And 37 states have legalized medical marijuana — meaning that a majority of Americans have access to cannabis, whether medically or recreationally.
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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, weed has been getting stronger over time. Growing techniques and harvesting methods have made it possible to increase the number of cannabinoids in the plants. For NIDA, this is a problem that they say may “increase the negative effects of using marijuana.” For us, we don’t see the increase as a problem if consumers are informed about what’s going on.
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Weed is not always weed. As we’ve discussed, some growers do much better than others. Moreover, there’s also the processing and manufacturing that goes into many weed products. Sometimes, products end up on the market that are more than just weed and not always healthy.
While cannabis flowers have been getting stronger over time, extractions and concentrates have gone far beyond what’s even possible to find in a bud. Concentrations of above 90% are not uncommon when dealing with some concentrates, and super potent tinctures are found throughout the marketplace.