Teen Marijuana Use on the Decline as US Cannabis Legalization Expands
As the United States continues to move towards the legalization and decriminalization of recreational and medical marijuana, a new survey has found that teen marijuana use has been trending downward. This is attributed to the fact that more states have been legalizing the drug for adult use. As of February 2023, over half of all US states have legalized or decriminalized recreational use of marijuana, while three-quarters of states allow it to be used for medical purposes.
In Missouri, the passing of Amendment 3 in 2020 has marked a significant reduction in the regulations surrounding marijuana use. Adults 21 and over are now allowed to purchase up to three ounces of marijuana per transaction, and can apply to the state for a cultivator license. However, growers must take care to ensure that their cannabis is not left in an area where someone under the age of 21 could gain access to it, as they may be subject to a fine of up to $250 and be forced to surrender the plants.
As the legalization of cannabis in the US continues to expand, it is important to understand how to remain on the right side of the law if you choose to use the drug. To stay up to date on marijuana legislation as it develops, you can visit the Bill Tracker for more information. Additionally, Marijuana Moment offers an interactive map, charts, and hearing calendar that can help you keep track of cannabis reform.
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