When it comes to improving the cannabis policy, Canada does not hesitate. Medical marijuana is already legal across the country, and it looks like the legalization of recreational weed is just around the corner.
The Liberal government has set a preliminary timeline of Canada's legalization of recreational weed. The new law that is to be adopted next month will ensure marijuana legalization in the country by July 1, 2018, according to CBC News.
Alaska has recently rejected an initiative that would allow the use of marijuana at retail pot stores. What states with recreational cannabis are more tolerant to the public consumption of weed?
Here is a list of states that legalized the recreational use of marijuana and their positions toward pot use in public spaces.
In 2016, voters in four states supported the legalization of recreational marijuana. Following their example, more and more states across the U.S. are considering the possibility of changing their cannabis policies. Here is the list of four states that may make a decisive move towards fully legalizing weed in the next twelve months.
Marijuana use is fairly common in several countries around the globe. One of them is Israel. Until recently, the consumption of the herb had been considered a criminal offense. However, at the end of January, the Israeli government announced its intention to decriminalize cannabis for personal use.
Virginia State Senate has recently received two bills that would significantly reduce penalties for those who commit the offense of cannabis possession. The new initiatives signal a positive shift in how marijuana is viewed by the state’s authorities.
Weed enthusiasts from Portland, Oregon will soon have the opportunity to get pot delivered right to their doorstep. The Portland City Council has recently voted to allow recreational cannabis delivery to the customer's home.
The authorities of Copenhagen have been trying to legalize cannabis for years. And yet it seems like the residents of the city will have to wait a bit longer before the Danish government dares to make some changes.
This week it became clear that Maine will have legal recreational marijuana after all. With the adult use legalization initiative opponents dropping their request for a recount, Maine will have to take only a few more steps to implement the new law.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has announced it will spend $2.35 million on funding seven separate studies that will become a part of Colorado's Retail Marijuana Health Monitoring Program. The main goal of the program is to examine the impacts of the recreational marijuana legalization on different areas of Coloradoans' lives.
Last week, there were fears that the official tally of the Nov. 8 vote on Massachusetts' recreational marijuana initiative would not be completed on time. But according to a recent statement of a spokesman for William F. Galvin, Massachusetts Secretary of State, the results of the vote will be submitted for certification on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Therefore, the measure approved by Massachusetts voters is poised to take effect on Dec. 15, as planned.
While pot advocates are still celebrating their victory in four more American states that have legalized recreational marijuana this fall, the state governments are now considering these five problems that they will have to cope with in the near future.
Although recreational weed became fully legal in Alaska over a year ago, local marijuana entrepreneurs were not able to start selling their product to non-medical users until this fall. But even with the official start of the recreational cannabis sales, the number of challenges that marijuana businesses are forced to face is only growing bigger.
Is marijuana legal in Oregon? Even though the state have legalized recreational marijuana use for adults over 21 more than two years ago, dozens of Oregon localities continue to ban both medical and recreational marijuana sales on the local level.
Massachusetts has now become the first state in the eastern part of the country to legally permit adult use of cannabis. After the Tuesday’s approval, the state, together with California, Maine, and Nevada, has joined Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington that currently use marijuana recreationally.
November will be a crucial month for the legalization of cannabis throughout the U.S. Eight states will be voting on making medical or recreational cannabis legal. Even if some of the states were to support the new measure, it would have a great impact on the cultural life of the country.
Colorado is one of the pioneers in the legalization of cannabis in the USA. Although weed can be legally purchased here, pot users remain socially exiled and persecuted. The new NACCPP measure on the November ballot will be able to pull marijuana users out of the shadows.