Marijuana Laws by State

court-exterior-12.jpgWeed was once criminalized all throughout the United States, but more and more parts of the country are turning a new leaf as they evaluate its medical benefits and the safety of using it for recreation. Since that time, many significant changes have happened in much of the country regarding marijuana. More states are now permitting the use of marijuana for medical and recreational use under certain guidelines. These laws and regulations contain many nuances and details, and it is important for everyone, user or otherwise, to know the marijuana laws by state.

California and Washington were the first two states to legalize the use of marijuana for both recreational and medical purposes. Even so, there are still laws that enforce perimeters around its usage. People who consume marijuana for medical purposes must have proof that they were given authorization to do so by a doctor who specializes in medical marijuana. Furthermore, a person can only have a certain amount of marijuana in his or her possession, such as 16 oz. of a marijuana-based product. In general, smoking marijuana is not considered publicly acceptable, so it is still treated much like how cigarettes and alcohol are treated—to be consumed in specifically designated places, such as private properties.

Some states have still not yet caught on to the legalization of marijuana, and it is important to distinguish among those that have and those that have not. For a database of comprehensive information concerning all marijuana laws by state, visit Weed Depot at or call (480) 385-3800 today.