Let’s continue to explore the remainder of the states. As we have learned, four states and Washington D.C., have legalized marijuana for both recreational and medicinal use. Nineteen additional states have allowed for the use of medical marijuana.
On April 7, 2000 the state of New Mexico legalized medical marijuana with Governor Bill Richardson signing Senate Bill 523 into law.
On July 14, 2014, New York legalized medical marijuana when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law. Although the law does not allow medical marijuana to be smoked, patients can use oils, edibles, pills or vaporizers containing marijuana.
Measure 91 was approved in Oregon on November 4, 2014, legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana.
Rhode Island allows the use of medical marijuana.
Washington State is a progressive, forward thinking state! Legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use was done in 2012 with the Washington Initiative 502.
In Wisconsin, an Assembly bill that passed allows qualified medical patients to possess marijuana for medicinal use.
The District of Columbia allows medical marijuana to be used. It also has legalized small amounts of marijuana to be possessed for recreational purposes.
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Residents of Guam passed a ballot measure on November 4, 2014 that allows cannabis for medical use.
What about Puerto Rico? They passed the legalization of medical marijuana on May 4, 2015.
Many states have decriminalized marijuana, which means if you are caught in possession of it, you may still face fines, but they are very small. Some states still consider the possession, cultivation or sale of marijuana for any purpose to be a felony.
Why should you help promote the legalization of marijuana in your state?
Do you use the product? If so, obviously that is the first reason that you should help. It would be wonderful to be able to use such a product without fear of fines, jail time or prosecution.
Have you ever thought how awesome it would be to have a weed business? If the answer is “yes”, fight for the legalization of marijuana.
Do you have friends or family? If you do, then you must know someone who suffers. It could be from anything. Migraines, muscle aches, anxiety, and depression can all be relieved by the use of marijuana. Cancer can be slowed down and stopped from progressing and chronic pain can be alleviated.
Do you like to help people? Then you definitely want to get out there and work towards the legalization of marijuana. Marijuana has so many helpful and healing properties and the legalization of marijuana in your state could help tens of thousands of people. That is a cause worth getting behind!
How can you help with the legalization of marijuana?
The first thing you can do is learn about your state marijuana laws. It is possible your state has already legalized marijuana in some way. It could be there is currently an initiative being voted on or a bill being passed around the state Senate floor. Perhaps there is an issue coming up on a ballot that you can get out and vote on. Take the time to look into it, then spread the word about is going on. Most importantly, get out and vote!