How to Buy Cannabis in a Legal Recreational State | Herban Planet

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Whether you are visiting a state where medical marijuana is legalized, or live in one year-round, the process of purchasing cannabis may be unknown to you. This article shows the steps in buying marijuana in a legal recreationalstate and what steps are required.

What should you know before buying Cannabis? 

  • Legal Age

Although cannabis may be prescribed to individuals of various ages for medicinal purposes, to physically purchase it for recreational use, individuals must be 21 years of age or older. Though there is more age flexibility when used medically, the minimum legal age is strictly enforced when the use of cannabis is directed towards recreational purposes. 

  • Valid Identification

Though one may meet the minimum age requirements, without valid identification, they are unable to purchase cannabis. Just as the law stands with individuals and the act of purchasing alcohol or tobacco, without proper identification (i.e., driver’s license, passport, state issued ID, etc.), you are unable to prove your age and verify your ability to purchase cannabis. 

  • How much cannabis can I possess?

As most laws do, the amount permitted to purchase varies from state to state. Though the average amount granted to possess for personal use is one ounce, some states have exceptions. 

  • Alaska: Alaska allows individuals to buy up to one ounce of cannabis, and in addition, grow up to six marijuana plants—with no more than three plants matured—for personal use if desired. Alaska also allows individuals to gift cannabis in amounts of one ounce or less. 


  • California: Individuals in California can grow up to a maximum of six marijuana plants and possess a maximum of eight grams of concentrates, and one ounce of flower. 


  • Colorado: Colorado permits individuals to possess the standard one ounce of cannabis for personal use, however, in addition, individuals are also able to cultivate up to six marijuana plants with no more than three of them being in a mature state. Possessing more than one ounce of cannabis can lead to varying penalties. 


  • Maine: Individuals in the state of Maine are permitted to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, or up to 2.5 ounces of a mix between marijuana and concentrates. Individuals are also able to grow up to three matured marijuana plants, with a maximum of 12 unmatured plants growing with no limit on seedings. 


  • Massachusetts: In the state of Massachusetts, individuals have the lawful ability to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, with five grams of it being marijuana concentrates if desired. 


  • Nevada: Nevada allows individuals to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, with 3.5 grams of the ounce being marijuana concentrate if chosen to mix up consumption methods. 


  • Oregon: Individuals in the state of Oregon are rightfully allowed to possess an ounce or less of marijuana in public, and up to eight ounces of homegrown marijuana if in the presence of their home. 


  • Washington: In the state of Washington, individuals are able to possess up to one ounce of cannabis, sixteen ounces of marijuana-infused solid product, or 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquid product on private property. 


Look for a Cannabis Dispensary Closest to You

After reaching legal purchasing age and in possession of a valid form of identification, you are able to purchase from recreational cannabis dispensaries. Finding the right dispensary can be tedious, however, once found, everything else is smooth sailing. 

If it is your first time in a particular legal-recreational state, explore the different dispensaries or save time and ask around. It is also recommended to find a budtender you can trust—a staff member who works within a dispensary or store where cannabis is sold—as it is important to have someone answer the questions you may be unsure of (i.e., dosages, strains, etc.) 

Understanding the different types of cannabis, their dosages, and how much are lawfully permitted to purchase in varying states is very important. If you have further questions about where to start, contact your local dispensary. You can find the nearest dispensary near you by searching our directory here.