The stoner holiday – April 20 – is here and more and more states are taking the steps to make marijuana legal.
In past years, its benefits have been discussed between lawmakers, while the decriminalization has left police officials perplexed.
Since the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, marijuana was listed as a Schedule I drug, making it illegal to sell, use, or distribute. Its two components, cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol — better known as CBD and THC — later proved to help reduce pain in patients facing cancer, epilepsy, and other neurologic disorders, sparking interest in the drug all over the country.
With over 25 states implementing legal medicinal marijuana use and four states passing retail usage, the power of one tiny plant has managed to leave the country seemingly divided.
So where does this leave the regular pot user? Well, depending on your location, you’re in a good position to partake in the festivities of 4/20 legally. Here are some interesting facts about the places you can light up and just how much money is involved in the drug.
– Sales in Washington D.C haven’t been permitted yet, but medicinal use and possession has been passed.
– Council member David Grosso introduced The Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2015 – B21-23 to regulate marijuana producers and place taxes on sales of the drug to adults 21 and older.
– Lawmakers are avid in treating the drug like alcohol, which has a 15 percent addiction rate, while the drug has a 6 percent – 9 percent rate.
– Smoking in public will give you a $27 fine.
– Retailers face 6.5 percent in sales tax.
– Vinegar is the only pot-infused edible illegal in the state.
– In Seattle, you can purchase medical marijuana in the form of breath strips, a patch, and liquid form.
– An average ounce at a retail shop in Denver will cost you $150.
– You’re allowed to grow six plants in your home, three if they’re older plants or mature plants.
– Retailers face 15 percent wholesale and 10 percent sales tax.
– You won’t be able to celebrate 4/20 just yet. Measure 91, the law allowing the personal use and possession of recreational marijuana, will start July 1.
– Smoking in public will cost you $650.
– Homegrown plants must be kept out of public view.
– Users are allowed to grow six plants in their home.
– Smoking in public will give you a $100 fine.
– The state became the 26th to introduce a medicinal marijuana bill.
– Medicinal users are allowed to produce hash oil legally, while it’s still illegal for recreational users.
The Internet…But That Doesn’t Make It OK
– Retailers have created Instagram pages and used other social media platforms to sell their products.
– If it’s illegal in your state, you’re still risking your freedom by purchasing.
– There’s apps for you to meet up with cannabis enthusiasts like High There.