Whether you like to take a tiny toke now and then or have been thinking about getting into the burgeoning cannabis industry for fun and profit, you may have wondered what states is it legal to grow marijuana in?
The simple answer: it's complicated. But DripWorks is here to clarify matters as much as we can with our rundown of states where you can grow marijuana.
Where It's Legal to Grow Cannabis
Cannabis is easy to grow, so really, you could grow it in any state of the union at the right time of the year. But to grow it legally? That's where the complexity comes in.
As you probably know, there has been a growing trend to legalizing cannabis in recent years. Ever since California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use in 1996, other states have been lining up to follow in that progressive state's footsteps.
Many states have made cannabis legal for medical use. Starting with the states of Washington and Colorado in 2012, others have followed to legalize it for recreation as well as health.
In all, 12 states and Washington, D.C., have fully legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use. These include Alaska, California and Colorado as well as Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Illinois recently joined this growing group, which also includes Michigan, Nevada and the New England states of Maine and Massachusetts.
Medical Use Only States
In addition to these fully legal states, another 18 states have legalized marijuana for medical use but not for recreational purposes. These include some places that might surprise you. Traditionally conservative states like Utah, North Dakota and Arizona belong to this group, as do Southern states like Florida and Louisiana.
Generally, you can grow pot legally in many of the states that have legalized marijuana. States that have approved cannabis for recreational as well as medicinal use generally have the most liberal growing laws. Alaska allows the most pot plants to be grown by individuals. Alaskans can better get through their frigid winters thanks to the state's law allowing individuals to grow as many as a dozen pot plants for recreation or medicine. That may make it the best state to grow marijuana in if you happen to be looking for quantity for personal use, at least.
Another cold state on the other side of the continent, Vermont, takes the prize for the fewest legal pot plants, however. If you live there, you are permitted to grow just two "mature" plants, although four "immature" plants are permitted.
Commercial Growth of Marijuana
Many of these states also allow commercial cultivation of cannabis. Commercial growers are highly regulated and subject to state taxes. Each has its own set of laws and regulations.
Many states that permit possessing only medical marijuana also let individuals grow their own. Arizona, Florida and New Hampshire are just a few examples.
There are some notable exceptions, however. Several states take the stance of allowing possession and use of medical marijuana while making it illegal to grow the stuff. These conflicted states include Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and New York. There's also Connecticut, where medical marijuana is legal to possess and use, but growing it could result in a felony charge that could get you in serious trouble.
Federal Law for Cannabis
We would be remiss if we didn't mention one more hitch in the complicated legality of cannabis in these United States. Although a majority of states have legalized it, possessing or growing marijuana remains illegal under federal law (although a few exceptions have been made for scientific purposes). Lawyers will argue over whether federal law trumps state law or vice versa. So far, U.S. attorneys general have largely turned a blind eye to marijuana possession and cultivation in states that have legalized it. That doesn't mean they always will, however.
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