In the past few years, as we’ve seen attitudes to cannabis soften and grow a great deal kinder, many US states have become a great deal more tolerant of the drug. In fact, there are multiple states existing now where purchasing and growing your own marijuana plants is completely legal – and you won’t even need a doctor’s note. In this article we’ll be going through a short list of just a few of the new greener states, and seeing how the introduction of this new industry has affected them.
Colorado, along with Washington, was one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana back in 2012, and since then it’s been a love affair to stand the test of time. Many hoped that the fact that so many various new jobs were being created as a result of the legalization of cannabis would mean that Trump and the White House would steer clear of them and give them a good amount of leeway. This, so far, seems to be the case, as last year it was reported that the state sold a staggering $1.3 billion worth of marijuana both medical and recreational last year. But what the government is really interested in is how that directly affects them – a full $200 million in taxes for 2016 alone that can be used by the state.
The state of Maine actually allows its citizens the ability to hold 2.5 ounces of marijuana, which is more than double what any other state permits. While the first dedicated marijuana dispensaries are still yet to open, and are planned to do so in early 2018, we can get an idea of how the legalization of the drug might affect the state from the 2016 election through which it came to be passed. It was a nerve-wracking event for many, and served in the end to be a very close call. But now, you can buy more weed in Maine than anywhere else in the United States, and while the stores are yet to properly open their doors to customers, there are some delivery services which are slowly getting up and running, similar to the Canadian services like Dope Mail Buy weed online.
California has had a long and varied history with the use and sale of marijuana; it was the first state to legalize the drug for medicinal purposes way back in 1996, but only in 2016 did it become perfectly legal for anyone within the state to carry anything up to an ounce without having a prescription handy. However, the state has the framework set up so that, by the first month of 2018, marijuana dispensaries across California should be able to start the sale of weed to anyone who wants it, medical condition or not. As Cali produces so much of the drug, some are wondering whether or not much of it is being shipped to other states, some where it hasn’t yet been legalized. This leads to concerns that there may be government backlash as a result, though only time will tell.