Purchasing Limits in Recreational States

Recreational states all have something in common – they sell recreational weed! But that’s not all – they each have limits too, restrictions on how much you can buy on any given day or at any given time.

When people head to these recreational states, especially tourists who travel in from out of town, they want to know one main thing: how much weed is too much?

Well, the breakdown below may help:

Alaska

Alaska legalized recreational weedAlaska legalized recreational cannabis in 2014 in 2014, years after they legalized medicinally (which they did in 1998). If you’re buying medicinally in the state, you can purchase 28 grams (or one ounce) at a time. If you’re buying recreationally, you can also purchase the same amount at a time. Residents may also possess six plants for growing recreationally; three may be mature.

California

California’s weed market is new – it just opened on New Year’s Day. But cannabis is an old hat – they’ve had a medical marijuana program for more than two decades. Medically, patients can buy up to eight ounces.  But the limits are much more reduced for recreational users: they’re limited to purchasing a single ounce. Residents may also possess six plants for growing recreationally.

Colorado

Colorado set the tone for purchasing limits when they legalized back in 2012 on the recreational level (they’ve had a medicinal program since 2000). Colorado established a recreational market in 2012Unlike some other states, Colorado has specific limits based on the type of product. Recreational consumers can purchase one ounce of flowers, eight grams of concentrate, and 800 mg of edibles. Medical marijuana patients can buy up to two ounces per day.
Colorado used to limit tourists to seven grams of flower each day, but this law was lifted in 2016 – now, tourists can buy as much as residents.

Residents may also possess six plants for growing recreationally; three may be mature. No more than twelve plants are allowed in any one household.

Maine

Maine has had a medical marijuana program since 1999; recreational weed joined the ranks in 2016. Medically, patients can buy up to 2.5 ounces per transaction with a limit of five ounces per month unless they have a doctor’s note. Recreational users can also purchase 2.5 ounces per transaction. Maine hasn't opened recreational doors

While Maine legalized pot recreationally in 2016, the same time California legalized, they haven’t opened their dope doors just yet. They originally set February 2018 as the deadline, but rumor nothing is nothing will be rolling until at least summer.

Residents may also possess twelve plants for growing recreationally; six may be mature.

Massachusetts

Like Maine, recreational weed has yet to see daylight even though it’s been legalized – the red tape is still being cut and recreational sales are expected to commence at some point this year. They have a thriving medical marijuana program, however. They are consistently given high remarks and deemed the best medical program in any state (with Tennessee often being labeled as the worst). Under this program, patients can purchase up to 10 ounces every two months. Recreationally, consumers will be able to purchase up to one ounce of flowers or five grams of concentrates.

Residents may also possess six plants for growing recreationally.

Nevada

Nevada began recreational sales in summer 2017Like California, Nevada voted to legalize recreationally in 2016. Unlike California, Nevada began recreational sales in the summer of 2017. They’ve had a medical marijuana program since 1998. Limit-wise, medical marijuana patients can buy five ounces per month but not more than 2.5 ounces in a two-week period. Recreational consumers can buy up to one ounce of flowers but only 3.5 grams of concentrate.

Residents may also possess six plants for growing recreationally, but only if they live more than 25 miles from the nearest retail store.

Oregon

Oregon has had medical marijuana on the books since 1998, and their recreational program began in 2014. Their buying limits are pretty specific. Recreational users can buy one ounce of flowers; five grams of concentrates; 72 ounces in liquid form; 16 ounces in solid form (such as topicals). Medical users can purchase 24 ounces of flower; five gams of concentrates; 72 ounces in liquid form; and 16 ounces in solid form.

Residents may also possess four plants for growing recreationally.

Washington

Washington went recreational in 2012Washington legalized medical marijuana in 1998 and recreational marijuana in 2012 – they did so about an hour after Colorado. How much you can buy is still dictated by whether or not you’re a medical consumer or a recreational one. Medical users can purchase three ounces of flower, 48 ounces of marijuana product in solid form; 216 ounces in liquid form; and 21 grams of concentrates. Recreational users can buy one ounce of flower; 16 ounces in solid form; 72 ounces in liquid form; and seven grams of concentrate.

You cannot grow marijuana recreationally in Washington state; you must possess a medical marijuana card.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. has had a medical marijuana program since 2011, though it was in the works years earlier. Voters passed it back in 1998, but politics prevented the authorities from implementing anything for over a decade. Recreationally, they legalized in 2014. Their recreational program hasn’t come to true fruition – however – again because of politics; there’s no framework set up for selling. Thus, the only dispensaries are medical ones. Limit-wise, medical consumers can buy up to two ounces in a 30-day period.

Residents may also possess six plants for growing recreationally; three may be mature.

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