Recently, governor of Illinois signs a bill that legalizes recreational marijuana, thus Illinois becomes the 11th state in US to approve marijuana for recreational use and it also is the second state to approve it through the legislation rather than the ballot initiatives.
The people who live in Illinois can purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis at a time, and the visitors to the state may have half of that. But growing up marijuana plants at home for personal use is prohibited except for patients who has medical marijuana cards.The bill goes into effect at January 1, 2020.
The first states to try tomato are Colorado and Washington, becoming the first states to legalize cannabis for recreational use. November 6, 2012, the voters in Colorado passed the Colorado Amendment 64 to allow for recreational marijuana. Now in Colorado, adults 21 or older can possess and purchase one ounce of marijuana or THC, and the tourists can purchase the same in a single transaction. In the same year, Washington passes its Initiative 502 (I-502) to legalize the recreational use of cannabis.
They are followed by Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2014. Adults age 21 and older in Alaska can possess up to one ounce of cannabis and 12 in-home growing plants; Oregonians are allowed to grow up to four plants on their property, possess up to eight ounces of usable marijuana in their homes and up to one ounce on their person in public. Recreational marijuana cannot be sold or smoked in public.
2016 is a big year for recreational marijuana. Four more states follow the trend. California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts approved recreational cannabis by ballot measures. Under Proposition 64, adults in California can possess up to one ounce of cannabis for recreational use and can grow up to six plants individually. Question 2 legalizes possession of up to one ounce of cannabis for adults over the age of 21 in Nevada; on November 8, 2016, Maine voted for Question 1 and joined eight other states to have legalized the recreational use, retail sale and taxation of marijuana. Massachusetts passed the Question 4 at the same time to make recreational cannabis legal in the state. Individuals are allowed to purchase and possess up to one ounce at a time and each household can grow up to six plants, or twelve for those with more than one adult, but the plants cannot be visible from the street.
2018 witnesses another two states legalizing recreational marijuana. Vermont became the first state to legalize recreational cannabis through the state legislature. But Vermont does not allow marijuana sales for recreational purposes, so does Washington, D. C. Michigan was also the latest state to legalize marijuana last year. Michigan voters approved Proposal 1 to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana in the state, allowing persons age 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis in public, up to 10 ounces at home, and cultivate up to 12 plants at home; but purchasing and sale are forbidden in Michigan.
Note: In the above-mentioned states, smoking marijuana in public or no-smoking area and smoking it while driving is illegal.
The author believes that more and more states may follow after Illinois. New York or New Jersey are very likely to be the 12th state to legalize recreational marijuana. Let's see what happens in the future.