The American States That Allow the Recreational Use of Marijuana

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Washington, DC

Because the residents in Washington DC voted for the legal use of recreational marijuana last 2014, they can now have up to 2oz of marijuana and offer an ounce as a gift. If you have a friend who stays there, then you’re lucky! You can now smoke in the capital of the United States!


In this state, you can possess up to an ounce of weed. If you’re a medical marijuana patient, however, you can grow cannabis as long as you have a license.


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Since 2010, residents in Oregon are permitted to carry up to 1oz. of marijuana. They could also give marijuana edibles as presents and could grow up to four plants of cannabis at home. Hooray!


In Nevada, you can carry an ounce of marijuana too! However, if you want to grow your own plant, you’ll have to live 25 miles outside the closest dispensary before you’re allowed to cultivate.

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Consuming and carrying small amounts of pot is acceptable in this state but retail stores will start selling in 2018. If you can’t wait, you can start growing up to 12 plants at home!


They won’t be sold until 2018 in Maine, but Mainers can carry up to 2.5 ounces of weed and that’s by far most considerate amount.


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In Colorado, getting an ounce of marijuana is legal. To be honest, you can find tons of marijuana dispensaries in this state—they even outnumber Starbucks and McDonald’s stores!


This is the first state to allow the use of medical marijuana in 1996. The state has been known to be weed-friendly ever since 2016 when it allowed the legal possession and consumption of up to one ounce of weed even without a prescription. The bad news is you can’t legally purchase marijuana until 2018. The good news is 2017’s about to end! Another good news is you can acquire medical marijuana with a friend who is in possession of the drug or if you’re a medical cannabis patient.


If you’re an adult (21 and above), you can smoke marijuana legally in Alaska even if you’re not a medical marijuana patient. You can carry, consume, and transport up to an ounce of weed here, so you don’t have to worry.

Learn about growing cannabis in this article.

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