The US federal government is still the biggest offender when it comes to marijuana laws.
In 2017, the US saw the highest number of marijuana arrests in the world.
But this is still dwarfed by the state laws that exist in other countries.
Here are some of the most interesting things to know about them: • Most states have medical marijuana laws – some are legal and some aren’t.
But there’s one state that has no laws at all, and its a fairly big surprise: Alaska.
According to the Alaska Department of Revenue, only 12.8% of the state’s residents have a medical marijuana card.
There’s one exception: Alaska’s cannabis tourism agency has a “medical marijuana” card for the tourists who come to the state for medical purposes.
And since Alaska has a population of just under a million people, they only had a handful of visitors who were sick and needed help.
The other states have some pretty interesting marijuana laws too: Maine and Montana have medical cannabis laws, for example, and Colorado has a state-approved medical marijuana program.
• Some states have recreational marijuana laws that allow adults over 21 to buy up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use.
This means adults can buy up 10 grams (2.5 ounces) of marijuana a day for themselves, and a full ounce of pot for a friend.
Some states don’t allow adults to buy marijuana for any purpose, and some even prohibit adults from growing their own.
There are a few states, however, that allow for the cultivation of cannabis plants, and they’re fairly common.
California and Oregon both allow the cultivation and sale of cannabis, but they have a long way to go before they can be considered “legal” in the United States.
• Most recreational marijuana is now legal in some states, but there are still some that ban the sale of it altogether.
These states include Maine, Vermont, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Colorado.
• Many states have legalized recreational marijuana, but many have also decriminalized the drug, meaning the possession and sale are still illegal.
Some are still making laws that are a bit more lenient than others, and others have decriminalized possession of up to 0.3 grams (0.3 ounces) for personal possession and up to 20 grams (25 ounces) in small amounts.
Colorado has the strictest of the three.
Other states, like Alaska, have laws that make it more difficult for people to obtain a medical cannabis card.
This is a big change from the way medical cannabis is treated in other states.
• The US has some of its strictest marijuana laws in the entire world.
Colorado’s marijuana laws have a whopping 14.4% of its population living in poverty, while Alaska’s ranks sixth-worst.
California is also among the top states for poverty, with an estimated 30% of residents living in that state.
And Alaska ranks third-worst for poverty.
And the states with the most strict laws are also the states that have the most cannabis tourists per capita.
• All states have their own cannabis laws that regulate the drug.
In the US, this is referred to as the Controlled Substances Act.
The act allows for the government to restrict or prohibit the sale, possession, or cultivation of a certain amount of cannabis in certain places.
The US currently has over 2,000 medical marijuana dispensaries and a total of 2.6 million registered patients.
The federal government also has a number of other cannabis laws on the books, but it’s been pretty lax when it came to making the laws as strong as it could be.
In 2018, the United Nations passed a resolution calling for the legalization of marijuana.
While this is a positive step, there’s still a long ways to go.
A growing number of states are moving toward decriminalizing marijuana and, as a result, there are some states that are moving even further in that direction.
And in a few of those states, the new laws are actually taking a positive tack on cannabis.
The bottom line?
There’s still more to learn about the cannabis industry and the various marijuana laws across the US.
The next time you’re driving in the country, don’t forget to check out the US Marijuana Laws 2018 infographic.