Here Are All the States That Have Legalized Weed in the U.S.
March 2, 2021
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Weed is so normalize
in America that it’s hardly cool anymore. Once Martha
Stewart, Elon Musk, and your aunt—not even the
eccentric one—start talking about marijuana like it
was ibuprofen, it felt like it lost its gloried grunge.
chocolate candies to curated, catered dining experiences.
Oh, and hundred-thousand-dollar bongs that are
covet like art, because they are art. Brewers are
dabbling in non-alcoholic THC beers, and
the country’s first-ever weed restaurant, where you can
smoke and dine in public without feeling anything
more than your regular dose of paranoia, open
in West Hollywood.
Weed has a golden cloud
around it, where traditional fears have been replace
by excitement, at least on the grand scale. (If you
want to know where all that pent-up reefer madness
went, take a look at our
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Obviously, legalization has
a lot to do with that. In the U.S., recreational marijuana legalization is slowly eking out victories on a state-by-state basis. In the 2016 election, which was bad for most reasons but good for this one, four states got on board, raising the total to eight states to legalize since Colorado kicked off the movement in 2012. On the first day of 2020, Illinois became the eleventh state in America to legalize weed, with lines snaking along blocks for hours on day one. And then, on Election Day 2020, with the presidential vote still infuriatingly undecided either way, another four states added their numbers to the growing pack: Arizona, New Jersey, Montana, and South Dakota.
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). About one in three Americans now live where all adults have access to it, according to Politico. That’s 93 million of us. If you’re keen on placing bets, then look to New York, Florida, and Ohio as the states that could pass legalization efforts in 2021.
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But as states legalize
and business booms, as celebrities enjoyed marijuana goodies in their Oscars swag bags and influencers sucked on vape pens for the ‘gram, marijuana has led to 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 protect 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.MedMen Is Already Praise as the ‘Apple Store of Weed’—But Its Rapid Trajectory Is Getting Stickyby Esquire USPrevious VideoPlayNext VideoUnmuteCurrent Time 0:24/Duration 3:21Loaded: 39.97%FullscreenCLICK TO UNMUTE
While he was in his Attorney
General post, Jeff Sessions—Remember him? The flaming racist who thinks “good people don’t smoke marijuana?”—rescind an Obama-era memo that protected states where marijuana was legal from most federal prosecution. But more and more politicians on both sides of the aisle are at least trying to give states the right to decide for themselves. Last spring, prominent members of Congress introduced the bipartisan Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, which would protect states’ rights to determine their own marijuana laws without federal interference. Under a Biden presidency, marijuana would also stand a good chance of being decriminalize, at the very least.buy weed online with bitcoins
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President Trump generally
has respect the rights of states to decide for themselves, though he’s fallen far short of calling for substantive drug law reform. (He does, it should be noted, think marijuana makes people “lose IQ points,” a fact we present without comment.) Nothing big has happened in Washington since the 2018 federal legalization of hemp, and in a way, CBD, but politicians continue to debate cannabis at a low-level hum, which is an improvement, relatively speaking.buy weed online with bitcoins
By the way, Canada officially legalized weed throughout the entire damn country in 2018. Aren’t they just so lucky. As we wait our turn, keep an eye on psilocybin, the active compound in shrooms that was just legalized for therapeutic use in Oregon.
Who knows? Maybe one day our federal government will get it together. Until then, here are the 15 states plus the District of Columbia where it’s legal to buy and consume recreational marijuana, as well as the 35 states plus D.C. that have approved medical marijuana.
The 15 States (plus D.C.) with Legal Recreational Weed
These are the 15 states, plus Washington, D.C., that have legalized recreational weed—and medical marijuana, as well. Laws about possession, distribution, personal cultivation, and concentrates differ across state lines. NORML, a nonprofit group that advocates for marijuana reform, has a more detailed, state-by-state rundown.