Recreational and Medical Marijuana in the USA

What medical conditions does marijuana help with?

Marijuana is an effective pain reliever and also has anti-nausea, anti-cancer and anti-tumor beneficial properties as a medicinal treatment. Other conditions treated with cannabis are injuries of all sorts, accidents, migraines, loss of appetite, anorexia, AIDS, organ failure, RA, MS, gastrointestinal, and spasmatic disorder to name a few. Of course there are hundreds of other medical conditions that are effectively treated with marijuana. Due to the numerous medicinal benefits that cannabis has, 25 states have legalized cannabis for either medical or recreational use.

How big is the cannabis industry in the United States?

Each state has its own regulations addressing the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of marijuana. Some states allow individuals a much bigger limit on cannabis plants for their marijuana grow operations. California has the most lenient limits for cannabis cultivation. In some counties in California, a person can grow up to 99 cannabis plants per every medical marijuana patient. It is estimated that the domestic marijuana industry surpasses over $35 billion making cannabis the most largest cash crop grown in the U.S.

Which state was the first state to legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes?

Colorado was the first state to legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes. Oregon has the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, OMMP and also has legalized the sale of recreational marijuana in  October 2015. The sales and cultivation of cannabis are available for both medicinal and recreational purposes in these legal marijuana states. Alaska also legalized the recreational use of weed in 2015. The Alaskan licenses for cannabis dispensaries weren’t issued until a year after the law was implemented. Regarding the licenses for marijuana dispensaries, the same thing happened in California. Washington is yet another state that allows the sale of both medicinal and recreational marijuana but has severe restrictions on the cultivation of cannabis. California most recently went legal for recreational marijuana, with Proposition 64 in 2017. This is ironic considering that medical cannabis was legalized back in 1996. Nevada was also the most recent state to have gone legal with weed in 2017 but has strict regulations on the delivery and processing of marijuana.

How old do you need to be to purchase recreational marijuana?

Most recreational marijuana states curb the individual age to 21 years old to partake of any cannabis products. There are several hundreds of medical conditions that are effectively treated with cannabis.

Does every state differ in their cannabis laws?

Absolutely! Every state has its own respective laws regulating the use, sale, and cultivation of marijuana so it is important to be familiar with your state’s cannabis laws. In the case of medical marijuana, an individual must have a recommendation from a medical marijuana doctor. Medical cannabis is still available in all states that approved the sale of recreational marijuana and the laws can be different for medical or recreational marijuana. The growing popularity of cannabis is due to the efficiency, safety, and effectiveness it has for many people. The effects from marijuana can differ from person to person and effects can also vary depending on the cannabis strain being ingested. Generally, sativas are during the day, head high marijuana strains while indicas is more of a body high. It is hoped by us that marijuana will one day be legalized federally, benefiting Americans that are not fortunate enough to live in a cannabis-friendly state. Whether you are using cannabis for medicinal purposes or just to get high recreationally, marijuana could be the right stuff for you!

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