Recreational Marijuana in America

Recreational Marijuana in America

Marijuana use in America has continued to be illegal though some states are now passing bills to legalize the use of recreational marijuana.  Recreational use of marijuana is the use of cannabis with the intention of enhancing life through creating pleasure, or blocking unhappy moments. In America, the usage of recreational marijuana has been associated with various factors like health, wellness, curiosity, boredom as well as peer influence.

There has been an increase in the use of recreational marijuana among teens in America. Most of them are introduced to the drug through their friends and this has led to a lot of underage use. Most of the teens do it to pass time, know how it feels to be high or simply please their friends. Sometimes, people use it to make tasks like hard chores more fun, or to help with art and creative tasks. Despite the drug being illegal, recreational marijuana is increasingly available on the streets, which is why it is safer to get it at a regulated dispensary. Marijuana is more popular and accessible in the U.S. than any other street drug; research shows that 48% of Americans have tried it.  Though the 2012 elections saw citizens demand for the legalizing of recreational marijuana, there are potential risks associated with this. The drug may hinder brain maturation and it may be dangerous to the user who is on the wheels. Research also indicates that cannabis when used recreationally, may impair mental ability and even blur one’s concentration or focus. Caution should always be used with any drug, including Cannabis.

Recently, Washington and Colorado legalized the use of recreational Marijuana.  In Colorado, anyone 21 years or older with a valid government ID is allowed to purchase, smoke and possess marijuana. Just like any other liquor store, one is required to produce an ID to make a purchase. Licensed retail stores were able to sell marijuana products from January 1st.  These stores were initially medical marijuana dispensaries; they can opt to either continue or discontinue selling medical products and retail products.  It’s important to note that no purchases can be made before 8 am.

In a single transaction, Colorado residents can only purchase up to an ounce of marijuana, while out of state visitors  will be able to purchase ¼ of an ounce.  Users are also allowed to share an ounce of cannabis with a friend as long as no money is exchanged. An ounce runs from $150 to $300, but the common amount purchased is an eight which goes for about $45. If you are wondering where to light it up, smoking is restricted to private properties with the owner’s permission. One is not allowed to smoke in public or even in the pot shop.

In Colorado, adults can grow up to six plants in their own home. Three of which can be flowering at once, but in a locked space. It is also legal to keep the resulting harvest of the plants at home.