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Top 5 States Where Cannabis Is Legal

Posted by Ilo on 01/08/2018

Cannabis use has always face regulatory problems since the early days of government bodies. In USA, the legal status of cannabis has been a part of the debate for a long time. There are 29 states where the medicinal use of cannabis has been legalized under special circumstance. West Virginia is the latest of these 29 states, which legalized cannabis use for up to 30-day supply. Let us look at the top 5 states who were the earliest in legalizing cannabis use.


  1. California

Use of cannabis for AIDS, anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, migraine, persistent muscle spasms, epilepsy and severe nausea treatment was legalized in California on Nov 6. 1996 with 56% of the voters saying yes for the result. The possession limit in California is 8oz usable and 6 mature or 12 immature plants. California was the first state to take steps in legalizing the use of cannabis for medicinal purpose. The registry fee for cannabis use are $66 non Medi-California and $33 Medi-California with additional taxes or county fees.


  1. Alaska

Alaska was the second state to take initiative in legalizing the use of medicinal cannabis on March 4 1999. The conditions for which the use of cannabis was regulated includes Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain and all other such diseases whose symptoms can be alleviated by the use of Cannabis. The total number of yes votes for legalizing the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is limited to only 1oz usable and up to 6 plants that may have 3 mature and 3 immature plants. Patient registration fee in Alaska is $25 for new applicants and $20 for renewal.


  1. Colorado

On June 1 of the year 2001, the state medical marijuana laws were amended which resulted in legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purpose. The total votes in the right of cannabis use for medical purposes was 54%. It was made legal for the medical conditions like Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, cachexia, severe pain and nausea. Multiple sclerosis was also a part of the medical conditions that can be treated by using cannabis. The active use of cannabis was limited to 2oz at a time and up to six plants with three or less being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana. Patient registry fee in Colorado is $15.


  1. Maine

Maine was also one of the few states in 90s that took the initiative to legalize cannabis use for medical purposes. There was no law made for the state-run patient registry and people who had written or oral professional opinion were removed for any liability of state-level criminal penalties. The legal possession limit was set at 2.5oz usable and up to six cannabis plants for cultivating purposes. All of this was made effective on December 22, 1999.


  1. Hawaii

Hawaii legalized the use of cannabis on December 28, 2000. Governor Ben Cayetano signed the actual bill on June 14, 2000. House 32-18 and Senate 13-12 later approved it. It was approved for use in medical conditions, which included cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV/AIDS and severe conditions of epilepsy.  The possession limit was set to adequate supply of 4oz usable and seven plants for cultivation.

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