How to Buy Legal Marijuana
Currently, marijuana is legal in Oregon, Colorado, and Washington for adults over the age of 21. The legalization of marijuana is very new in most areas, and states have set up specific rules and guidelines for those interested in buying it. Many people who live in states where marijuana is legal, as well as people planning on visiting, wonder where and how to buy legal marijuana, what laws or restrictions they must pay attention to, and how much it costs.
In both Washington and Colorado, you can have up to one ounce of marijuana in your possession. In Oregon, you can have up to one ounce while away from your home and up to eight ounces in your home. Shops must have a license from the state to sell marijuana. Most shops are allowed to be open between 8:00 a.m. and midnight, but hours may vary depending on the city’s laws. Some cities have put more limited hours into effect. For example, Denver shops that sell marijuana must close at 7:00 p.m.
Before you go to a shop to purchase legal marijuana, called a recreational marijuana store, make sure you have cash on hand & a valid ID.
You can buy legal marijuana in three different forms: herb, oil, and wax. Herb is just marijuana in its regular plant form. Oil is created by extracting THC, the chemical in marijuana that causes the high, from the plant. Some types of oil are more concentrated than the herb form. Wax is also made by extracting THC from the plant, but the concentration is significantly higher than in oil form. Marijuana also comes in different strains, the two most common being Indica and Sativa. Indica is commonly used for sleeping and pain relief, and Sativa is used more for mind-altering purposes.Before you go to a shop to purchase legal marijuana, called a recreational marijuana store, make sure you have cash on hand. Because the federal government still considers marijuana illegal, banks and credit card companies cannot usually be involved in the purchasing of marijuana. In Washington, you can buy up to one ounce of marijuana at one time. In Colorado, residents can buy up to one ounce but visitors can only purchase a quarter of an ounce. In Oregon, you can buy a quarter of an ounce at one time. Marijuana usually costs about 12 dollars per gram or 50 dollars per eighth of an ounce, but the price will vary from store to store. Most people, especially beginners, only use half a gram of marijuana or less at a time.
Even in the states where marijuana is legal, smoking marijuana in public is not legal. In most areas, you will receive a ticket for smoking marijuana in public. Most hotels ban smoking in their rooms, so visitors should be careful when choosing a hotel. Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal, and those driving under the influence will receive a DUI. Overall, when purchasing or using marijuana, pay close attention to the laws in your area and avoid putting yourself in any risky or potentially illegal situations. Check the recreational marijuana laws by state if you have questions.