The move to legalize or decriminalize marijuana is sweeping the country. Most states have approved marijuana for recreational or medical use. In states where it’s not legal, a cannabinoid derivative — delta 8 THC — is proving to be more than just a good alternative to weed.
In fact, many people prefer the less intense “high” of delta 8 THC to marijuana.
So, what is delta 8, where is it legal, and where can you buy it? This article tells you all you need to know.
What’s the Legal Status of Marijuana?
The federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance or that it “has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”
In other words, it’s kind of illegal, kind of legal.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) says one in ten adults who use marijuana become addicted. The potential for abuse pales compared to the rest of the Schedule 1 drugs, including heroin, meth, quaaludes, ecstasy, and bath salts.
Although marijuana is still illegal as far as the feds are concerned, this does not stop individual states from passing legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational or medical purposes, and many have done just that. Many others have legislation pending to either legalize or decriminalize it, says Dustin Marin in a recent article published on We Be High. Here is a list of states where marijuana is legal for recreational use:
States Where Marijuana Is Legal for Recreational UseAlaskaArizonaCaliforniaColoradoIllinoisMaineMassachusettsMichiganMontanaNevadaNew JerseyNew YorkOregonSouth DakotaVermontWashingtonWashington, D.C.
In most states where recreational marijuana use is legal, the only restriction is you must be at least 21 to buy it. However, each state and city has laws governing the amount you can purchase, how much you can have at home or in your possession, and where you can smoke.