The Legalization of Marijuana in States around the Country

legalization of marijuanaThe past decade has seen tremendous shifts when it comes to the decriminalization or outright legalization of marijuana. Under United States federal law, marijuana is illegal. Individual states, however, have taken to permitting the use of medical cannabis within their own borders for medical patients with specific chronic conditions, while others have legalized it for recreational use for all state residents. Colorado and Washington State were the first two states to permit recreational use in 2012. More recently, at the end of 2014, Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia have joined their ranks.

legalization of marijuanaLegalization: Considerations

There are many different aspects to consider when thinking about marijuana legalization at the federal level. One obvious benefit would be transparency. Even in states where recreational use is legal, there are often problems between marijuana growers and the federal government, who still consider any marijuana found within American borders illegal. This forces the growers to operate under the radar, which can force the cost of the marijuana to rise significantly and unfairly for both dispensaries and legal medical patients.

Another consideration is the revenue that could be expected from regulating the industry. The state of Colorado has already seen higher-than-expected streams of revenue coming from the legalization of marijuana in their state, and without the subsequent uptick in crime that some skeptics predicted would occur. From first glance, it seems that this may be close to a win-win situation. To find a dispensary that sells legalized marijuana near you visit Weed Depot at or call (480) 385-3800 today.