If you like to travel or are planning a fun trip around the U.S. it might be useful to know where you can legally purchase and smoke cannabis in 2018, the list might be bigger than you think! There are currently 29 states with medical marijuana, but also 9 states that allow adults to purchase cannabis without a doctors recommendation.
Alaska legalized in 2015 and is home to some popular tourist spots and cannabis clubs, adults can possess up to 1 ounce. California legalized recreational pot this year though some cities have opted out of recreational sales. Enjoy buying cannabis in CA during the day but sales are prohibited from 10pm-6am. Colorado was a pioneer for legal cannabis and now houses more dispensaries than starbucks or mcdonalds! Maine voters said YES to allow the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, though legislators are still working to regulate a system of sales for the state.
Massachusetts adults can possess up to 1 ounce and grow up to 12 plants, but sales aren't expected to begin until July of this year. Adults in Nevada can purchase up to 1 ounce or buds or 1/8 ounce of edibles or concentrates, though supplies have been limited at times. Visitors and residents in Oregon can possess 1 ounce of marijuana and gift edibles to be consumed in private. Sales in the state have supported $85 million in taxes towards schools, police, local government and public health initiatives. Washington legalized the same year as Colorado and helped jumpstart the budding industry. Adults can carry up to 1 ounce of buds, but to grow at home you must be a registered medical card holder. Last but not least is our nation's capital, Washington D.C. where adults can possess up to 2 ounces, gift up to 1 ounce and even order cannabis online.
Starting January 1, it is legal to smoke marijuana without a doctor's letter in nine states and use medical marijuana in 29 states. Support for the drug reached new highs in 2017. A Gallup poll showed that 64% of Americans favor legalization, and even a majority of Republicans back it.
Adults 21 and over can light up in Alaska. In early 2015, the northernmost US state made it legal for residents to use, possess, and transport up to an ounce of marijuana — roughly a sandwich bag full — for recreational use. The first pot shop opened for business in late 2016.
California began issuing temporary licenses to dispensaries in December that will allow those stores to sell nonmedical marijuana. The licenses will become valid on January 1, 2018.