Basic laws for recreational marijuana

As of 2014, it is now possible to legally purchase recreational marijuana (cannabis) in the US states of Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. Air travelers who plan to visit either Washington or Colorado will be allowed to purchase recreational marijuana, even if they are not residents of those states, or even US citizens. While there are a number laws and restrictions that must be observed in each state, many of the laws and restrictions can be boiled down to the following points:

  • Age limits for possession: In all three states, adults 21 and older can possess up to one ounce (28.3 grams) of recreational marijuana. The kinds of ID that are acceptable by the TSA would very likely provide acceptable proof of age.
  • Age limits for purchase : In the state of Washington, adults 21 and older can purchase the equivalent of up to one ounce of marijuana. In Colorado, residents who are adults 21 and older can purchase the equivalent of up to one ounce of marijuana, but non-residents can purchase the equivalent of up to one quarter of an ounce at a time. In Oregon, adults 21 and older can purchase the equivalent of up to one quarter of an ounce of marijuana at a time.
  • Maximum possession amounts: In Washington and Colorado, adults 21 and older can legally possess a maximum of one ounce of recreational marijuana. In Oregon, adults 21 and older can legally possess a maximum of one ounce of recreational marijuana while away from home, and up to eight ounces at home.
  • Limited retail locations: In Washington and Colorado, recreational marijuana can be sold only by state-licensed retail establishments. In Oregon, recreational marijuana will be sold by some, but not all, medical marijuana providers. Retail stores will likely not be in operation in Oregon until late 2016. Individual communities may choose to ban retail establishments, so it is likely that some cities or towns may have no retail outlets for marijuana.
  • Resale not allowed: While you are free to give away marijuana to other adults aged 21 and over, you may not resell marijuana products that you purchase.
  • Restrictions on where you can consume: It is illegal to consume marijuana openly and publicly. Also, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses open to the public may restrict or ban the consumption of marijuana.
  • Driving under the influence: It is illegal to drive while consuming marijuana. As is the case with driving under the influence of alcohol, both states allow you to drive with low levels of marijuana in your system.
  • Restrictions on federal property: It is illegal to possess, use, or transport marijuana in any form on property controlled by the federal government, including, but not limited to, military bases, post offices, national parks, national forests, or in facilities such as ski resorts which may be located on federal property.
  • Travel outside the state: Marijuana products purchased within either state must stay within that state.
  • Limitations at airports: Marijuana in any form is not allowed in the secure areas of the airport (the areas beyond the TSA screening areas). That also means you can't have marijuana with you on the plane, either in carry-on bags, checked luggage, or shipped as cargo. Also, the Denver and Colorado Springs airports have banned marijuana from all areas of the airport.

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Basic laws for recreational marijuana
http://airsafe.com/issues/marijuana/basic-laws.htm -- Revised 1 October 2015