New Mexico has both a medical cannabis program and an adult cannabis program. Recreational cannabis was legalized in 2021 and sales began in 2022. People over the age of 21 can possess up to two ounces of cannabis, 16 grams of concentrate and 800 milligrams of edible cannabis. Self-cultivation is allowed for a maximum of six mature plants. Residents and tourists over the age of 21 can purchase up to 1 ounce of marijuana or 8 grams of concentrates. Some Colorado counties and cities have passed more restrictive laws. Some states that have passed decriminalization measures have medical marijuana programs. Two states where marijuana is decriminalized have not (yet) legalized it for any purpose. Although cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, a number of states have pushed medical and recreational cannabis programs, making the plant accessible to a majority, but not all, of Americans. A total of 41 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have medical marijuana programs, and 23 of them have decriminalized cannabis or have comprehensive adult programs. Cannabis retail sales won`t begin until 2024, but in June 2022, the state legalized the sale of hemp-derived cannabinoids. This means that lab-made THC as well as cannabinoids such as delta-8 THC are legal before THC comes from the plant.
The amendment is currently awaiting a signature from the governor to become law. CBD is all that`s currently legal, but Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said it`s time to legalize medical cannabis, and earlier this year, lawmakers introduced a bill to make that happen. The problem is the state Senate, which is controlled by Republicans and refused to pass a similar medical cannabis bill passed by the House of Representatives in 2020. Voters in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota will vote Tuesday to legalize marijuana. If the measures are approved, the states will join nearly two dozen county states that have approved recreational use. If it seems like a new state is legalizing cannabis almost every week, don`t worry, you`re not stoned – states are legalizing the drug at an unprecedented rate. The wave of green legislation also doesn`t look like it`s going to run out of steam anytime soon. In 2019, Hawaii became the 26th state to legalize or decriminalize marijuana. Starting in January 2020, when the new law came into force, possession of up to three grams will be punishable by a fine of up to $130. Hawaii legalized medical marijuana in 2000, but the state`s first medical dispensary didn`t open until 2017.
Patients are allowed to be in possession of up to four ounces of marijuana at any one time and can grow up to seven marijuana plants. Oregon was one of the first states to approve medical marijuana, which passed by vote in 1998. The state legalized recreational cannabis in 2014 and the first dispensaries opened in 2015. The state has one of the highest saturations of legal cannabis stores in the country, and in 2017, legal cannabis sales exceeded $520 million. In Oregon, residents are allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants in a private home. Nevada was legalized for recreational use in 2016 thanks to an election measure. Adults over the age of 21 can own up to one ounce of flower and 3.5 grams of concentrate. The state has also had success with drive-thru pharmacies, and in April, lawmakers passed a bill allowing „consumer lounges.“ Nevada is also beginning to make progress on the front lines of restorative justice. Last June, Governor Steve Sisolak pardoned more than 15,000 people convicted of cannabis-related crimes that are now legal. Medical cannabis has been legal in Arizona since 2010, and in 2020, the state voted overwhelmingly to legalize it for recreational use as well. The measure, passed in November, allowed adults aged 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of cannabis, grow up to six plants and gave people the option to have their criminal records expunged for certain cannabis-related crimes.
He also called for a quick turnaround time for lawmakers to clarify market rules and issue licenses. As a result, the first sales of recreational cannabis were made at the end of January. Marijuana will be on the ballot in several states during Tuesday`s midterm elections. On June 18, 2021, the Connecticut legislature legalized cannabis for adults 21 and older, and the law went into effect on July 1.