Legalities

Marijuana Usage Laws by State

 

The use of Marijuana on a federal level is a criminal offense. However, on a local level state to state the laws and penalties for usage differ greatly. For example, in the State of Alabama it is considered a criminal offense with very little leniency. In contrast, both Colorado and Washington have gone so far as to allow it to be used recreationally for Adults. In the middle there are over a dozen other states that allow for it to be use for medical purposes.

 

Here you will find an interesting breakdown on a national level and the laws effecting users state by state courtesy of TheWeedBlog.

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Click on the links below to view the actual summary of the law

 

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
District of Columbia

 

All these laws and regulations are not to be considered as an official legal reference, however they can be helpful to users who wish to know what the potential risk are on a state by state basis.

The Anti-Legalization Movement Has Become Self-Parody

You can't make this up. During testimony on a proposed bill to legalize marijuana in Maryland, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop cited a parody story about marijuana overdoses to make his case against legalization. From the Capital Gazette: Testifying against bills proposed to legalize and decriminalize marijuana in the state, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop cited a hoax story that claimed 37 people had died the first day marijuana was legalized in Colorado. “The first day of legalization, that's when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana,” Pristoop testified at Tuesday's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing. “I remember the Continue to full story....
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Maryland Police Chief Cites Fake News Report in Senate Hearing

At a Maryland State Senate hearing to discuss decriminalizing marijuana Tuesday, a high-ranking law enforcement official betrayed his total ignorance about marijuana when he claimed that decriminalization would cause a slew of overdoses throughout the state. From the Capital Gazette: “The first day of legalization, that's when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana,” [Annapolis Police Chief Michael] Pristoop said in testimony at Tuesday's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing. “I remember the first day it was decriminalized there were 37 deaths.” That information is straight from the Daily Currant, a well-known satirical news site, which claimed that Colorado hospitals were Continue to full story....
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These 5 Numbers Show Marijuana Legalization Is Going Well in Colorado

Limited marijuana possession has been legal for over a year in Colorado and retail shops have been open for almost two months. This means there is now real data showing that legalization is going well and mostly as its backers intended. These five numbers tell the story: 1) 77 percent decrease in state court marijuana cases - Legalization has caused marijuana arrest to plummet saving the state money. This drop is remarkable given that Colorado already had fairly liberal marijuana laws before Amendment 64 was approved. The Denver Post found, “the number of cases filed in state court alleging at least Continue to full story....
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MPP’s Mason Tvert Discusses Colorado Marijuana Tax Revenue On CNN

Last week, new estimates of the tax revenue that Colorado stands to gain from legal marijuana sales were released, and they are significantly greater than originally thought. Watch MPP's Mason Tvert discuss these revenue projections and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's plans for the extra money on CNN: Continue to full story....
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The Myth That America Was Once Close to Legalizing Marijuana

One persistent myth I keep encountering in marijuana policy is the idea America was really “close” to legalizing marijuana in the late 70′s before there was a backlash. The rehashing of this myth was the one big problem in what was otherwise a good Washington Post article about the history of the legalization. From the Washington Post: America has been at the edge of marijuana legalization several times during the past half-century, but never as close to mass acceptance of the drug as the nation is today. [...] The skies looked bright for legalization at several other points in recent decades, and Continue to full story....
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