Good news for cannabis growers, suppliers and users is that cannabis is now legally for sale in California, United States of America. This adds another state to the low number of 7 states which sell medical cannabis legally in the USA.
California was actually the first American state to legalise marijuana for medical purposes in 1996. Now, you can buy cannabis anywhere, for medicinal and recreational reasons.
Californian residents voted in2016 to legalise weed for adults aged 21 and older – to grow it, own and use restricted amounts. Less than two years later, you can buy it for recreational purposes. This means that California is the 8th state to legalise cannabis along with Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
Medical cannabis is legal in these states: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.
So, when you visit these places, you can walk into a dispensary and buy your weed openly. Some states don’t allow open smoking in public while others have only legalised cannabis for specific illnesses such as the use of CBD oil to treat epilepsy in Missouri, Oklahoma, Indiana, Mississippi, Utah, Wyoming, Virginia, and Tennessee.
The irony is that the federal government still calls cannabis a “controlled substance”, in the same category as heroin and LSD! Meanwhile, California issued 100 state licenses which were grabbed by shops in San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Palm Springs, San Jose and Santa Cruz. Big cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco were too late.
Many people were buying their pot on the black market but can now openly buy it at these licensed shops and smoke their joints at home. But legal cannabis is expensive and taxed, to control it better. So the black market may well continue. But beware of rough stuff that could make you ill, warn some cannabis lovers who only buy from the shops as this is the quality marijuana.
The first six months allows shops to sell cannabis without complete monitoring by government. But thereafter, their marijuana will have to be checked for strength, pesticides and other pollutants. Products must also be traced from seed to sale. The Bureau of Cannabis Control has processed another 1400 pending licenses for more shops, supply agencies and testing amenities.
Once these cannabis lovers and retailers get the green light, it will business as usual, if not more and better business than usual.
Medical cannabis is the way to go for health maintenance and treating both common illnesses and chronic diseases. People choosing to use cannabis for recreational purposes are urged to do with responsibility and privacy, without contravening the rights of others around them.