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Mar 9, 2017 12:30 PM

What States Allow Recreational Marijuana Use in Public Places?

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.

Recreational Marijuana Use in Public Places

Washington state to legalize pot lounges

Currently, Washington state marijuana laws prohibit any attempt of weed use at retail pot stores or any other public place. However, local pro-cannabis organizations have made the legalization of pot lounges a top priority for this year. Pot lounges will be allowed for people aged 21 and over, and marijuana consumption there will be regulated by the state.

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California leaves it to locals

The marijuana laws of California put the matter of on-site weed use in the hands of the local governments. However, the state laws stipulate that people under 21 years old must not be allowed in the places where marijuana is sold or consumed. The general public should be protected from looking at weed use. The laws also prohibit the sale and use of tobacco and alcohol on the premises.

Massachusetts leaves it to people's voting

Like California, Massachusetts has laws that allow the use of marijuana at retail pot stores only in cities that voted for this human right. In case you live in an area that did not get enough affirmative votes, then you are not allowed to use weed products in places where you buy them. Massachusetts residents can expect retail weed shops to open only in the second half of 2018.

District of Columbia strictly prohibits public use of cannabis

As there are no retail pot stores in the city, cannabis consumers had been allowed to inhale weed at private clubs. Unfortunately, the D.C. Council closed this legislative loophole by voting against it last year.

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Maine legalized pot social clubs that are still closed

Maine legalized the adult use of marijuana last year, along with retail pot social clubs that would be licensed to sell weed for using on the premises. Though the state government is now considering amendments to the law, these businesses will not go anywhere. Maine has a year to establish rules for regulating the clubs. Until the state rules are in force, the pot social clubs will not operate.

Nevada is the most cannabis-friendly state

Nevada still allows the public use of tobacco, that is why the state activists are trying to legalize pot consumption at outdoor events, clubs, casinos, and other public places. Sen. Tick Segerblom is battling the state legislature with a bill that would allow public marijuana use to be a local matter. According to the Senator, it is illogical they are trying to attract people to Nevada to use legal marijuana and, at the same time, do not allow open consumption.

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Colorado bans pot use at stores yet allows it at private clubs

Coloradans are not allowed to consume pot in the places where they bought it. However, thanks to the initiative of Denver marijuana users, the state permits the use of cannabis products, whether they are flowers, extracts, or edibles, at private clubs. But if you try to smoke pot in inside public areas, you will be penalized. Marijuana users should also refrain from weed use at ski resorts, in parks, and on sidewalks.

Oregon imposes penalties on pot use in public places

Oregon marijuana laws do not allow weed consumption in public places, including retail pot stores. According to the state regulations, marijuana use is prohibited in places that any person can access: playgrounds, parks, stations, apartment building lobbies, and others. In a case of violation, a person will be penalized with a fine of up to $1,000.

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