Recreational Marijuana Information BY STATE!

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When did Marijuana become legal in Colorado?

Marijuana became legal in Colorado on Dec. 10, 2012. The law permits for anyone 21 and over to use marijuana or posses up to an ounce for any purpose. Marijuana possession and use by people under 21 who aren’t medical-marijuana patients is still illegal.

Are there limited store hours?

Yes. Under Colorado state law, store’s can’t open before 8 a.m and they can’t stay open later than midnight. Cities though, can set more restrictive store hours. In Denver, recreational marijuana shops can’t be open past 7 p.m.

Are there limits to how much I can buy?

People with a Colorado I.D can purchase up to an ounce of marijuana at a time. People with an out of state ID or  passport can purchase up to a quarter ounce.

Is there any kind of list of marijuana customers that will be given to the government?

No. Amendment 64, which is a constitutional measure, specifically forbids it. The measure states:”The department shall not require a consumer to provide a retail marijuana store with personal information other than government-issued identification to determine the consumer’s age, and retail marijuana store shall not be required to acquire and record personal information about consumers other than information typically acquired in a financial transaction conducted at a retail liquor store.”

Is there anything that will show I bought marijuana at one of the stores?

You’ll be on camera. The state’s rules for marijuana stores require the shops to have a security camera pointed at the cash register, entrances and exits.

Is it OK to drive with marijuana in my car?

Yes, as long as you are transporting it and not consuming it. All marijuana needs to be out of reach from the driver, preferably in the trunk. Driving under the influence of marijuana is absolutely against the law.

What are the packaging rules?

All pot leaving a recreational marijuana shop must be in an opaque, child-resistant package.

Can I grow my own Marijuana at home?

You can. Colorado law allows people 21 and older to grow up to six plants, provided it’s done in an “enclosed, locked space.” No more than 3 flowering plants at any given time.

What’s still illegal?

Using marijuana in public or in areas outlined in Colorado’s Clean Indoor Air Act is restricted. In addition, it’s still illegal to drive while stoned, distribute pot to minors and transport it across state lines. In fact, officials at Denver International Airport recently announced a policy to ban possession of marijuana on airport property in attempt to further restrict illegal interstate trafficking.



When can I smoke/use recreational marijuana?
As of July 1, 2015, Oregonians 21 and older are allowed to grow up to four plants on their property, possess up to eight ounces of usable marijuana in their homes and up to one ounce on their person. Recreational marijuana cannot be sold or smoked in public.

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Where and when can I buy marijuana?
Limited amounts of recreational marijuana are available for purchase through participating medical marijuana dispensaries as of October 1, 2015. Retail stores licensed by the OLCC will open sometime in the second half of 2016.

Where can I buy recreational marijuana if the retail locations will not be licensed until Fall 2016? 
Medical dispensaries participating in early start recreational sales are able to continue selling limited amounts of recreational marijuana until December 31, 2016.  You may continue to purchase marijuana from those locations. 
How much marijuana can I have?
As of July 1, 2015, recreational marijuana users can possess up to eight ounces of useable marijuana and four plants per residence in Oregon. An individual can carry up to one ounce in public.
What is meant by “useable” marijuana?
Useable marijuana refers to dried marijuana flowers or leaves. In other words, marijuana that is ready to smoke.
Can I grow marijuana at home and when?
Yes, with limits. As of July 1, 2015, Oregonians can home grow of up to four plants per residence, regardless of how many people live in the residence. Four adults in one residence does not mean 16 plants. The limit is four per residence.
What if an employer requires drug testing?
Measure 91 does not affect existing employment law. Employers who require drug testing can continue to do so.
Can I smoke marijuana in a bar/restaurant?
No. Marijuana cannot be smoked or used in a public place. The OLCC considers any establishment with a state liquor license to be public, including patios or decks set aside for smokers. Allowing marijuana use may put an establishment’s liquor license in jeopardy.
What is the definition of a public place?
Measure 91 defines a public place as “a place to which the general public has access and includes, but is not limited to, hallways, lobbies, and other parts of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designed for actual residence, and highways, streets, schools, places of amusement, parks, playgrounds and premises used in connection with public passenger transportation.”
How will children be protected from recreational marijuana and marijuana products?
Measure 91 prohibits the sale of recreational marijuana to anyone under the age of 21. The act also gives OLCC authority to regulate or prohibit advertising. In writing the rules necessary to implement the new law, the OLCC may also regulate packages and labels to ensure public safety and prevent appeal to minors.
Can I get a DUII while under the influence of marijuana?
Yes. Current laws for DUII have not changed. Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) refers to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or drugged, including impairment from the use of marijuana. 

How is Washington state’s recreational marijuana law different than Oregon’s?
See Oregon/Washington/Colorado Comparison.



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Is Marijuana legal in Alaska?
Yes, recreational marijuana has been legalized for people aged 21 and over since Ballot Measure 2 passed in November 2016.

Where can I buy Cannabis?
Although cannabis is legalized, the only legal place to purchase marijuana is a state licensed recreational marijuana store, and as of January 2016, those stores have not opened yet. If you have an Alaska medical marijuana card, you can contact the Alaska Cannabis Club to be connected to a source for marijuana.

What do you need to purchase cannabis in marijuana shop?
All you need is any valid form of government-issued identification, from anywhere in the world, proving that you are over the age of 21.

What types of marijuana will the stores sell?
You will see a number of different flower strains categorized by their strains ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. Each strain can have different effects so be sure to ask the budtender for assistance in choosing the best marijuana for you. Strong Sativas strains are known for their general uplifting, energizing, and head high effects while Indicas are known for their full body highs and sedative effects.

How much will it cost?
The price of marijuana depends on strain and quality, but you can expect marijuana prices to be between $10 and $30 per gram.

How much Marijuana can I buy?
The most marijuana you can purchase and possess at one time is one ounce (28 grams) and up to 6 plants for personal cultivation. No more than 3 plants may be flowering at one time.

Can I take my purchase home if I live in another state or country?
No. All marijuana and marijuana products purchased in Alaska must be consumed in Alaska. Although both Alaska and Canada have liberal marijuana laws, we do not recommend crossing the border with cannabis. Once you cross the border into another country, the federal government may get involved, and the federal legislation is far behind state legislation when it comes to marijuana laws and will treat it as a federal crime.

Where can I consume my recent purchase?
In Alaska, you are legally allowed to use cannabis when you are on private property or outside the view of the general public. You may not use marijuana in public or on federal land.
Alaska is also the only state to have legalized cannabis cafes, which will allow on-site marijuana consumption. The Alaska Cannabis Club has a clubhouse in Anchorage where members can go to smoke, and more cafes are expected to open in 2016.

What is a dab?
Dabs are often compared to the hard liquor of the cannabis world, and can be found in many forms. Dabs are the essential oils and waxes of the cannabis plant that are extracted and concentrated into a potent wax form. They are known for their high concentration of THC. Smoking a dab is much stronger than smoking flowers. If you are not a regular cannabis consumer with a high tolerance, we recommend using extreme caution.

If you’re considering purchasing or doing a dab, it is also important to know what is in the essential oil being offered or sold and if it is safe. Many extracts may not have been purged correctly, and may contain residual amounts of butane or other solvents. CO2 oil is often noted as the safest oil because critical extraction machines that use CO2 as the only solvent extract it.
Read more about BHO and Concentrates here: “What’s the Buzz about BHO”

Am I supporting a bad cause by buying recreational market? Should I stick to the black market?
No! Buy your weed legally. The taxes generated go to a good place.

When will state licensed stores open up?
Stores are legally allowed to open at this point, and it is expected that recreation marijuana stores and cannabis cafes will open in mid-2016.

Even though marijuana is legal, can I still get in trouble?
Yes. You can always get in trouble at the federal level, but as long as you follow the rules for marijuana in Alaska, state and local authorities will not have any issues with you.

Can I get a DUI from driving while stoned?
YES, and it is strongly recommend that you do not drive while under the influence of marijuana. It is important to know your rights. In Alaska, there is no requirement that an individual suspected of driving under the influence is required to submit a chemical test in order to screen for the presence of drugs. Any submission has to be voluntary and there are no penalties for refusal of submitting a chemical test. The only exception is if you are involved in an accident that causes serious physical injury. In this case, the state can take a blood sample.
Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. Please respect the current state of Marijuana law in your area.