There are limitations to how much marijuana and its derived products you can legally purchase and possess at any given time. These amounts will change by state, so check with your budtender to find out how much marijuana you can buy at one time.
If you need help finding the right type of marijuana products for you and would rather walk into a recreational marijuana dispensary with a product in mind, we are happy to offer a guide to help you make your purchase decision. Visit our medical marijuana product guide to learn more.
A state ID or driver’s license from any state or a passport proving you are over 21 will get you access to legal dispensaries in six of the recreational marijuana states in the U.S.:
How Much Marijuana Can I Purchase?
In some markets, it is also possible to order your recreational marijuana products to be delivered to your home. Buying marijuana through delivery is a smart choice if you aren’t able to leave your home, there are no nearby brick and mortar shops, or if you already know what you want and don’t have any questions.
It is even possible to buy marijuana online or with smartphone apps. These apps and websites allow you to easily place your marijuana order as you would any online purchase and some even let you schedule your delivery ahead of time for delivery when it works best for you.
Finally, some dispensaries offer delivery for those who can’t or wish not to visit a physical shop. Orders are called in and then brought to your home, office, or hotel by a delivery person. Some delivery customers are unable to travel to a brick and mortar dispensary, others are short on time and like the convenience, and some simply enjoy the privacy that delivery offers over visiting a marijuana store.
To purchase recreational marijuana from a dispensary, like with purchasing alcohol, all that is needed is proof that you are over 21. For this, you can use government issued documents like a driver’s license, state photo I.D., or passport. You do not need to be a resident of the state you are in to purchase legal recreational marijuana, opening the door for cannabis tourism.
And while you can’t yet buy legal weed in New Jersey, it is now officially decriminalized, and the rules that the legal cannabis industry will have to follow in the Garden State are now in place. In New York, which legalized weed on the last day of March, possessing marijuana is now legal, as is smoking in public anywhere you can smoke tobacco. But dispensaries are about a year and a half away.
But it does seem that prohibition tends to be an inadequate public health response to drug use, and that legalization and decriminalization can help both remove the taboo of a drug, increase the amount of research put into the safety of that drug, and help people access that drug at a lower risk, as they’re honestly going to buy it no matter how legal or illegal it is. Research has shown time and time again that increasing safe access to potentially harmful substances, rather than restricting access and imprisoning those struggling with substance abuse issues, can help reduce the risk of death, sickness, and addiction.
Legalization of weed is happening all over the country. This map shows where.
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.
Because the legalization of recreational marijuana is happening on a state-by-state basis, the question of where is weed legal may be one that some have trouble answering. But luckily, we’ve made a marijuana map that shows states with legal weed. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the fast-track to legalization happening all over the country, let’s get into the basics of legal weed.
All of these states have also decriminalized marijuana and set up medical cannabis programs.