Marijuana legalization

Many states including Oregon, Michigan, Colorado, and Maine among many others have already legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. However, an equally large number of states have not yet legalized such use of marijuana but discussions are ongoing. In New Jersey, for example, legislators are expected to vote soon, a move that will determine if marijuana use becomes legal or not. This comes after Michigan voted for the legal use of recreational marijuana by adults starting from the age of 21. In Vermont, adults are not only allowed to purchase but they can also grow marijuana for recreational purposes.

In Jersey, the voting process by the legislators was marred by controversies which is why it will be interesting to see if they pass the bill. The bill will allow adults to use marijuana but it is also pushing to have those convicted of marijuana use or possession in the past to be freed and their record scrapped. However, the Republicans are against the move, just like some Democrats making it look like the bill may not enough support to be passed after all. The success of this vote now depends on how a few of the legislators supporting it can persuade their counterparts to vote it in.           Unlike in the case of recreational use of marijuana, most states have laws allowing legal weed possession and use by those suffering from certain medical conditions. Such law is, however, broader than the laws covering recreational use since it covers different types of medical conditions which translates to the circumstance under which one is allowed to use weed. For instance, some states such as West Virginia and Louisiana allow consumption of marijuana only if it’s in the form of oils or drugs. This means that you are not allowed to smoke the weed directly. The commonality in all states regarding the use of medicinal marijuana stems from eh fact that it is only allowed for specific medical conditions.

The only way to ensure you don’t get in trouble with the law when using marijuana is to ensure you know the laws governing such us in your state. In some states like Alabama, Idaho, Georgia, and Iowa among others, the use of marijuana is still illegal and is considered a criminal act. In others like a district of Colombia, Michigan, and Massachusetts among others, the use of weed is legal making it easier for you to find a place to buy marijuana. In other states like Arizona, Minnesota, New York, and Oklahoma among others there are mixed laws concerning the use of marijuana meaning it is only allowed under special circumstances. Other states also allow minimal possession. These laws tend to change frequently which means you should check for updates regularly.

Conclusion     Marijuana legalization is at an all-time high considering the fact that 43 states have legalized its use with 33 of them limiting it to medicinal use. The cannabis legalization laws are still expected to advance given the way its supporters won the elections. The states most likely to do this include Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Jersey. Other governors in other states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have also expressed interest in making a move towards decriminalization of marijuana. All these show that marijuana use will soon be legal in the majority if not all the states.

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