States with Legalized Cannabis
When people imagine a state with cannabis legislation, they imagine everyone there is always high. Outsiders have a preconceived notion that in legalized states, you can smoke cannabis anywhere at anytime, and are fascinated with the idea of a “weed store.” Here, we debunk the myths of the legal cannabis world in the United States, and give you an inside look at what life is like with legalization.
Many dispensaries are cash-only. As of writing, federal law states banks must disclose all marijuana-related transactions as suspicious activity because the production or sale of marijuana is federally illegal. Large banking institutions like JP Morgan Chase & Co and Bank of America have made it company policy not to work with the marijuana industry. Finding ways around these financial roadblocks are challenging for most marijuana dispensaries. If dispensaries do charge your card, it may be charged as an “ATM withdrawal.”
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“Adult residents in Colorado can grow up to six marijuana plants of their own, with no more than three mature plants (in the flowering stage) at a time.”
Not all cannabis consumers purchase product through dispensaries. Adult residents in Colorado can grow up to six marijuana plants of their own, with no more than three mature plants (in the flowering stage) at a time. No more than 12 total plants are allowed per residence, despite the number of adults living there. Growing your own marijuana is a substitute we recommend as it allows easier accessibility for people to get their medicine without having to deal with the constraints of the market, such as price and quality (it is sometimes overpriced, there are pesticide problems, not knowing exactly what they have been grown with, etc.).
Many people from out-of-state believe that in legalized states like Colorado everyone walks around and smokes marijuana at their leisure. In reality, it remains illegal to consume marijuana in public. Legally written, cannabis is intended for “private, personal use.” It is also illegal to consume marijuana while driving. It may be carried in cars so long as you are within state borders and it is kept in a closed container. If you get caught smoking marijuana while driving, you may land yourself a DUI.
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One of the cultural effects of legalized cannabis is a reduced or nonexistent negative stigma. In some conservative areas, there are people who still believe marijuana to be the “devil’s lettuce.” But most people are open to cannabis and the medical and recreational benefits of the plant and they don’t judge others for their cannabis use.
Because cannabis is legal doesn’t mean that everyone consumes cannabis. There are plenty of people who pass on the plant for their own reasons. In most places, no one cares if you consume cannabis, and no one cares if you don’t consume cannabis. To each his own!
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Living in a place more progressive and open to alternative medicine has its benefits. Since cannabis has been legal in Colorado, teen cannabis use has gone down, as well as traffic fatalities and arrests, and there has been a decrease in violent crime. Tax revenue has seen a significant increase, with millions of dollars going to public education. Colorado as a state has continued to improve since cannabis was made legal. Denver is the fastest-growing large city in the country, and unemployment remains low despite the population growth. Boulder, Colorado, has also been noted as one of the best places for startups and entrepreneurs.
“Since cannabis has been legal in Colorado, teen cannabis use has gone down, as well as traffic fatalities and arrests, and there has been a decrease in violent crime.”
We have yet to see full cannabis freedom or places to publicly consume in Colorado. In legalized states like Colorado, we have seen the ability to purchase or grow your own cannabis without partaking in illegal behavior as beneficial to the entire community and the individual. One day soon, we may see federal legalization and the ability to consume in public, but until then we are ecstatic to see the benefits legalization has brought so far.
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