Expert Advice Interview: A Consumer's Guide to Cannabis Law
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Green Light Law Group’s Bradley Blommer and Perry N. Salzhauer offer insight into how consumers can navigate the growing legal recreational cannabis market.
What are the requirements for purchasing recreational cannabis?
In recreational cannabis states, individuals 21 years of age or older can purchase cannabis products from state-licensed dispensaries. Although, state laws often limit the amount of cannabis that may be purchased at a single time, typically no more than one ounce of flower product. Individuals must provide proof of age via government-issued identification in order to purchase recreational cannabis from a dispensary. While Washington, D.C. has legalized recreational cannabis possession and cultivation, commercial cannabis sales are not allowed, so individuals living in D.C. do not have access to recreational cannabis dispensaries. Instead, individuals can grow their own cannabis plants for personal consumption, up to six plants at a time, and may also “gift” up to one ounce of cannabis to another individual. This means you cannot accept money for this “gift.”
Once someone has purchased cannabis, where can they consume it legally?
Public cannabis consumption is one of the biggest issues facing recreational cannabis states, as recreational cannabis states often prohibit the use of marijuana in public. Individuals may still be subject to civil penalties for public cannabis consumption in recreational cannabis states. Some recreational cannabis states have begun to consider legislation allowing for state-licensed cannabis clubs, which would allow for cannabis consumption indoors under certain circumstances. A new law passed at the end of 2017 that now allows businesses like cafes and art galleries to allow consumption on the businesses’