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Cannabis Law Update: The Latest on Marijuana Laws in the US

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Recently, California made headlines when it became the latest state to allow the legal sale of marijuana for non-medical use. Many Californians rejoiced upon hearing the news and signed up for marijuana delivery through TOPS Cannabis, but marijuana enthusiasts in other states do not have the same luxury. At least, not yet.

Here’s an updated breakdown of where things stand with marijuana laws in the US:

Cannabis Law In California

Let’s start with the Golden State, where cannabis sales have soared with the legalization of recreational weed in 2018. As of January, any adult 21 or older can purchase recreational marijuana in California. The laws apply not only to California residents, but out-of-state residents as well. That has proved to be tremendous news for both tourists and the state, which has seen a tremendous boost in tax revenue as a result.

In California, individuals are permitted to buy up to an ounce of marijuana buds, or eight grams of cannabis concentrates at once. Although the cannabis laws have been relaxed significantly, you are still only permitted to buy from a licensed dispensary, such as TOPS Cannabis.

Marijuana is Legal For Recreational Use In Nine States

Besides California, there are nine states in which recreational marijuana has been legalized, as of this writing: Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.

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There is some overlap on the venn diagram between the laws for recreational use in these states and the laws in California. However, they are not exactly the same in every case and marijuana connoisseurs would do well to stay abreast of the differences when visiting these states.

For example, in Maine, people are permitted to travel with 2.5 ounces (71 grams), as opposed to one ounce in Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Oregon. Meanwhile, the one ounce restriction in Oregon is relaxed for licensed cultivators, who can carry a larger quantity.

Given that legalized recreational use is still relatively new in most of these areas, we advise researching the specific nuances of each state before traveling with cannabis or cannabis products.

Recreational Use In Certain Cities

In Washington, D.C., recreational marijuana is legal, though commercial sales are not legal. For residents of the nation’s capital, it is legal to travel with up to two ounces (57 grams). It is also legal to grow up to six plants for recreational purposes, though only three of those plants are permitted to be mature at any time.

Cannabis laws have also been altered on certain Native-American reservations in recent years. Washington State’s Squaxin Island Tribe and Suquamish Tribe both moved to legalize sales in late 2015 and the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota followed suit in 2016.

Some cities and towns have moved to “decriminalize” marijuana, though in some cases, the laws continue to remain on the books in terms of transportation of marijuana and usage. As always, staying abreast of the legal limits is crucial.

Which States May Be Next To Legalize Recreational Marijuana?

Lately, there has been talk of legalizing cannabis law in a number of states.

In November of 2018, Michigan voters will decide whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana. If passed, it has been suggested that Michigan could see a tremendous windfall in tax revenue, with a suggested excise tax of 10% on top of the pre-existing 6% sales tax. The plan is for tax revenue to be applied to education, roadways, and Michigan cities and counties with marijuana businesses. Under the current proposal, cities will get to independently decide whether they will permit the operation of marijuana businesses.

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There has also been some movement towards legalized recreational marijuana in the state of North Carolina. In June, N.C. lawmakers began considering a pair of bills that would make it legal to carry up to four ounces of marijuana for personal use.

Given that legalized recreational marijuana has been an overall success, it stands to reason that more and more states will catch up with the times and join the party. Gallup, a major public polling company, recently disclosed that 64 percent of Americans say smoking marijuana is morally acceptable, so lawmakers in many different regions will have the backing of voters should they choose to push marijuana reform.

Cannabis Law At The Federal Level

Despite the recent advancement of marijuana laws in the US, marijuana continues to be illegal at the federal level.

So, what does this mean for consumers? Thanks to an act passed at the highest government level in 2013, states are permitted to allow recreational sales without federal interference. However, the trafficking of marijuana across state lines remains illegal in an effort to protect black market sales.

Buying Legal Marijuana In California

Thanks to the updated cannabis laws in the state of California, buying marijuana has never been safer or easier. At TOPS Cannabis, we’re proud to offer a host of cannabis-based goods, including (but not limited to): flower, edibles, and topical products.

TOPS Cannabis gets its moniker from the top of the marijuana plant, which is it’s very best part. In keeping with that theme, we offer nothing but the best in our cannabis and in our service.

Both experienced marijuana enthusiasts and new ones love to draw on the expertise of our Budtenders, who are specifically trained to help you find the best flowers, brownies, tinctures, vaporizers, and creams for your needs. We make signing up for delivery simple as we believe that your cannabis experience should be a joyful one from start to finish.

To get the very best that the world of marijuana has to offer delivered to your door, fill out our online form or give us a call at (844) 420-TOPS.

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