Navigating the world of pot politics can be a headache, especially if you just want to enjoy your medicinal herb in peace. If you have to travel, how do you deal with laws that mean the difference between freedom and a life sentence by crossing an imaginary line?
Countries around the world are changing their opinions, and laws, concerning cannabis. If you are travelling through the United States, things can get confusing because each state has its own laws, that may or may not conflict with the Federal Government. To prevent any unwanted police hassles, let’s take a moment to get an idea of what is OK, and what will get you in a load of trouble, in each state.
As of right now, it is legal to have an ounce or less of recreational marijuana in Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Washington State, and Washington DC. In Colorado & Alaska, you can “gift” up to an ounce to a friend. In Alaska, you can have up to 4 ounces in your private residence. Oregon you can have 4 plants, Colorado & Alaska, 6. Be warned, just because an ounce is okay, doesn’t mean you are 100% safe. Possess any amount with intent to distribute, or grow any plants in Washington State, and it’s a felony, with a 5-year sentence.
Oregon itself is a complicated state. Some counties support it, some do not. It’s best to plan your driving route accordingly.
The current states that have medicinal marijuana have varying amounts they consider within legal limits. If you are a medical user, make sure to double check before travel, and of course, be careful! Even if it is legal in two adjoining states, carrying across state lines is STILL a Federal offence!
Alaska: 1 oz. usable, 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
Arizona: 2.5 oz. flower. 12 plants. **WARNING! ** Outside of medical use, everything can be prosecuted as A FELONY, with a fine of $150,000! Simple possession or paraphernalia is up to 2.5 years, other infractions go up to 12.5 years.
California: 8 oz. Usable, 6 mature plants or 12 immature
Colorado: 2 oz. Usable, 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
Connecticut: *One month supply, quantity to be determined
Delaware: 6 oz. Usable
DC: 2 oz. Dried flower.
Hawaii: 4 oz. Usable, 7 plants
Illinois: 2.5 oz. Usable during 14 day period
Maine: 2.5 oz. Usable, 6 plants
Maryland: *30 day supply, quantity to be determined
Massachusetts: *60 day supply for personal medical use
Michigan: 2.5 oz. Usable, 12 plants
Minnesota: 30 day supply non-smokable marijuana
Montana: 1 oz. Usable, 4 mature plants, 12 seedlings
Nevada: 1 oz. Usable, 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
New Hampshire: 2 oz. Usable cannabis in a 10 day period
New Jersey: 2 oz. Usable
New Mexico: 6 oz. Usable, 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature)
New York: 30 day supply non-smokable
Oregon: 24 oz. Usable, 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature)
Rhode Island: 2.5 oz. Usable, 12 plants
Vermont: 2 oz. Usable, 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature)
Washington: 24 oz. Usable, 15 plants
CBD Oil States
The following states have CBD oil medicine laws, which means virtually no THC:
Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
If you happen to find relief from this medicine, you may be fortunate enough to be able to use it in these states, but be warned, some don’t even have legal purchasing options, and some require the medicine be imported by the state on your behalf.
Okay, But How Bad Is It Really?
Just in case you were wondering, here’s a map showing how much you need to have in order to receive a FELONY in each state.
It’s still a dangerous world out there for those of us who feel that our bodies are ours alone, and shouldn’t be the domain of the government, so stay safe readers, and keep the faith. We ARE making a difference.
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