Cannabis News by State
Alaska – In 1998, Alaska passed Ballot Measure 8 which allows medical patients to hold one ounce of usable product and allows them to have 6 plants total. 3 mature and 3 immature.
Arizona – In 2010, on Proposition 203, and with just over 50% of the vote, Arizona ushered in a medical marijuana policy that allows patients to have up to 2.5 ounces for personal use and anywhere from zero to twelve plants on a person-to-person basis.
California – On Proposition 215 with a winning percentage of 56%, California brought in medical marijuana in 1996. They were joined before the end of the millennium by only Alaska, Maine, Oregon and Washington State. California allows each patient up to 8 ounces of usable product and anywhere from 6 mature plants, or 12 immature plants.
Washington D.C. – Even our nation’s capital has joined the medical marijuana trade. Residents of D.C. as of 2010 and per Amendment Act b18-622, by a 13 – 0 vote, can now have up to 2 ounces of dried product for medical use.
Hawaii – Thanks to Senate Bill 862, Hawaiian medical marijuana patients found their relief in 2000. Residents of any of the Hawaiian islands can now keep up to 3 ounces of usable product as well as grow and cultivate up to 7 plants. The plants have to maintain a 3 mature, 4 immature ratio.As I write this, even New York is about to push medical marijuana through legislation and supply the good people of New York with the medicine they need. I can’t help but feel we are living in a pivotal time that feels a bit like a fist pumping win for the cannabis lover in me, but I also feel like even sans THC, this plant that has provided me with relief in many areas of my life and my biology, is achieving the status it needs to be put through the full scientific wringer. We need this plant to be studied. We need strains created for children who don’t need to get high, but do need to live better lives with less of a chance of dying from brain damage due to seizure disorders.
I know not every cannabis fan is fond of it being so regulated and juggled by the powers-that-be. What is your position on this matter?