Dumb it down
Is marijuana actually legal in the US?
There seems to be a lot of talk today about the legalisation of weed over in the US. We want to know where exactly it's legal and why?
So is weed now legal across the US?
No, not quite. Marijuana has only been legalised for recreational purposes in Colorado and Washington. Smoking a joint anywhere else in the US without a marijuana medical card is still considered illegal.
Okay, so it’s completely legal in those states? You could blow smoke in a policeman’s face and he couldn’t do anything about it?
Firstly, we definitely wouldn’t blow smoke in anyone’s face. Secondly, it’s not completely legal. It’s legal at a state level but it’s still considered an illegal substance by the federal government.
While you might get away with blowing smoke in the face of a police officer in Colorado and Washington, you definitely wouldn’t get away with blowing it in the face of a DEA or FBI agent. They’d still be able to lock you up, even though marijuana is legal in those two states.
Right, so what does that mean for tokers in Colorado and Washington?
Well, before today it would have been illegal to have marijuana on you in either of the two states. However, anyone over the age of 21 can now carry up to an ounce of marijuana on them at any one time.
That’s 28.5g of weed – which is quite frankly a lot. But like we said, it’s still illegal on a federal level so we’re sure the local councils that helped to pass the new law will have to deal with the men in black.
I bet there are some catches? It all sounds a bit too good to be true…
Well first off, as we already said you have to be over 21 to get your hands on the green. In Colorado you can grow up to six plants at one time for recreational use only, while growing your own weed in Washington will be strictly prohibited. Both states will have state-licensed shops to sell marijuana from and it will also be taxed.
So will other states follow suit?
It looks pretty likely to be honest. Colorado and Washington have opened the door for other states to follow in legalising marijuana for recreational use. There are already 17 states that allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes along with Washington D.C.
So it’s only a matter of time before a few more states try to jump on the stoner bandwagon, but they’ll be more than likely met by a strong resistance from conservatives.