Have Marijuana Bans Gone Up in Smoke?

With all of the controversy, legislation laws and media coverage surrounding marijuana, it may be difficult to keep up with its legal status throughout the states.

Well, here’s the comprehensive “scoop” for you. California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Surprising or not?

Soon after, 18 other states followed in the green—err, the golden state’s footsteps. In no particular order, these are the other legal medical marijuana states: Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Hawaii.

For now, there are only four really marijuana-friendly states. By this, we mean that marijuana is legal in both medical and recreational forms in these places. These cannabis-welcoming states are: Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon. The District of Columbia also allows both forms of marijuana. Not so fast—there is one limitation. In each of these areas, there are still maximum measurements set in place to limit how much cannabis someone can possess at any given time.

The good news for cannabis users everywhere? (Well, at least most places.) Many states have voted to eliminate criminal penalties for individuals possessing smaller amounts of cannabis, even in regions where marijuana is not legalized in any form.

Do you suffer from a medical condition that cannabis could help relieve but don’t have easy access to a medical marijuana clinic? We can help.


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