Virginia legalized cannabis through its legislature in April. The law took effect on July 1, though marijuana sales won’t begin in the state until 2024. On June 18, the Connecticut legislature legalized cannabis for adults 21 and over.
In South Dakota, medical and recreational cannabis ballot measures passed in the November elections. But only the medical program appears to be underway as recreational marijuana faces challenges.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing marijuana on March 31. His move came shortly after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation officially legalizing marijuana in his state.
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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.
Some states that passed medical or recreational legislation through ballot measures have yet to iron out the details. For that reason, Insider does not include South Dakota in its tally of markets where the substance is legal for recreational use. Likewise, Mississippi’s medical program has faced challenges after the election.
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.
Marijuana legalization is spreading around the US.
It is illegal to possess, use, purchase, sell, or cultivate marijuana in Wisconsin for medical or recreational purposes. Possession of any amount is considered a misdemeanor for first offenders, while subsequent offenses will be treated as felonies. Sale and delivery is always a felony, regardless of the quantity.
As of Jan. 1, 2021, residents are able to possess up to one ounce of cannabis for recreational use. Possession of up to 60 grams of cannabis is a misdemeanor, while more than 60 grams is considered a felony. The sale and delivery of marijuana is only illegal outside of the context of retail sales by state-licensed entities. Citizens are permitted to grow no more than four marijuana plants for non-commercial purposes.
Although marijuana can't be prescribed for medical purposes in Kansas, it has been legal to use cannabis extracts high in CBD both for recreational purposes and treating qualifying conditions and since 2018 and 2019, respectively. Medicinal CBD cannot have more than 5% THC, while recreational CBD must have absolutely no trace of it.
Although marijuana can't be prescribed for medical purposes in Tennessee, it has been legal to use cannabis extracts high in CBD to treat intractable seizures since 2014, though only if it contains no more than 0.9% THC.
Wisconsin Marijuana Laws: Medical (CBD)
It is illegal to possess, use, purchase, sell, or cultivate marijuana in Iowa for either medical or recreational purposes. Possession of any amount of cannabis is only considered a misdemeanor, while sale and delivery will result in a felony charge.
The bill then moved on to Senate for consideration, where progress has essentially stalled. In addition to facing an unfriendly Republican majority, Senate Banking Committee Chair, Mike Crap, has proved more interested in introducing his own legislation to address marijuana banking concerns—specifically something that would provide more protection for hemp and CBD businesses as well as ban high-THC vapes and certain edibles.
It is a felony to possess, use, purchase, sell, or cultivate marijuana in Idaho for recreational purposes. However, possession of no more than three ounces is only a misdemeanor.
Montana Marijuana Laws: Legalized
By July 21, 2021, residents will be able to possess up to one ounce of cannabis for recreational use. Possession of two ounces of cannabis will be a misdemeanor, while more than two ounces will be considered a felony. The sale and delivery of marijuana will only be illegal outside of the context of retail sales by state-licensed entities.
Conditions that qualify for medical marijuana prescriptions include:
At this point, it’s hardly a surprise that yet another state has decided to make itself a haven for marijuana users (as well as businesses tapping into the lucrative marijuana market). The tax revenue alone is hugely enticing; New York is expected to rake in $350 million a year. But as states legalize and business booms, as celebrities dive into the marijuana market and influencers suck on vape pens for the ‘gram, the weed industry must contend with vast inequality in America. Historically, law enforcement grossly targeted minority people, even though white people statistically use marijuana at the same rate. While cannabis brands blossom on social media, people still sit in prison for nonviolent drug offenses. Expungement of criminal records and cannabis business practices that benefit the communities most ripped apart by the War on Drugs are necessary, and must go hand in hand with legalization in the states. Or, at the federal level.
• It is legal for adults 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana outside the home, and up to 10 ounces of marijuana inside the home.
• It is legal for adults 21 and over to grow 11 or fewer plants per household.
Weed has a golden cloud around it, where regressive, cobwebbed fears have been replaced by excitement, at least on the grand scale.