And then there’s the money. Part of the reason voters like legalizing weed is the demonstrated impact it can have on the economy. After Colorado legalized weed, the state gave the tax dollars from weed sales to their public school systems to the tune of $160 million in the first five years. The states that are joining Colorado can expect to see a similar economic boom from the legalized, taxed, and regulated sale of the drug.
And while you can’t yet buy legal weed in New Jersey, it is now officially decriminalized, and the rules that the legal cannabis industry will have to follow in the Garden State are now in place. In New York, which legalized weed on the last day of March, possessing marijuana is now legal, as is smoking in public anywhere you can smoke tobacco. But dispensaries are about a year and a half away.
Legalization of weed is happening all over the country. This map shows where.
But it does seem that prohibition tends to be an inadequate public health response to drug use, and that legalization and decriminalization can help both remove the taboo of a drug, increase the amount of research put into the safety of that drug, and help people access that drug at a lower risk, as they’re honestly going to buy it no matter how legal or illegal it is. Research has shown time and time again that increasing safe access to potentially harmful substances, rather than restricting access and imprisoning those struggling with substance abuse issues, can help reduce the risk of death, sickness, and addiction.
Marijuana has been minimally studied, so the health and safety ramifications of legalization are not fully known. The data thus far is deeply limited on questions like the public health effect on teenagers.
And the dominoes are falling. In late February, New Jersey legislators passed the laws that will govern the legal sale of marijuana for adult use in the Garden State. The legislation came after voters overwhelmingly passed a referendum last November , as did their peers in four other states.
The answer is yes! Cannabis tourism is a growing industry in states around the country, as residents of states with more restrictive marijuana laws are flocking to states where recreational marijuana is legal, allowing them to use cannabis products freely without the fear of criminal charges, fines, or other penalties. There are even marijuana tours in some states that let you take a look at all of the best dispensaries.
Marijuana dispensaries will provide a wide selection of brands and product types to satisfy the needs of their many customers. Here are some of the products you are likely to find in dispensaries. If it is your first time at the dispensary, take the time to browse the products and ask questions until you find something that sounds right for you.
Can Out-Of-State Residents Buy Recreational “Weed”?
If you live in a recreationally legal marijuana state or plan to visit one soon, you may be asking a very common question: How do I buy marijuana?
You can learn more about finding the best dispensary near you in our dispensary guide.
Topicals : The cannabinoids in cannabis can also be absorbed by the body through the skin. For this reason, you can find topically-applied products like balms, lotions, massage oils, and even patches.
How much can I buy?
Don’t let them smell you.
If you’re old enough to buy a beer in California, you’re old enough to buy recreational cannabis products. But that doesn’t mean it’s a free-for-all. Here are the rules for buying pot legally.
Familiarizing yourself with the main varieties helps you know what to buy. Sativa (for cerebrally focused effects), indica (body-focused effects), and a hybrid of the two are the three main schools.
Don’t take it out of state.