USA East Coast – All You Need About Weed Laws

The United States of America is among nations with multiple regulations and legalizations that shape the cannabis laws. Despite being a country with a massive population and cultural diversity, it has one of the thriving cannabis markets.

Cannabis is still federally scheduled as illegal drug in the United States. However, many states have locally legalized its use either for medical purposes, recreation, or both. As a result, strict guidelines are in place outlining how trade and consumption should take place. Several scientific studies are currently taking place to help to shape the further regulations, to guide both the global and the internal cannabis markets.

In this article, we focus on how various states in the East Coast of the United States have taken up marijuana laws. And you can find the latest West Coast review by this link.

General Cannabis Laws In The US East Coast

Nothing of the said can be construed as a legal advice, by no means.

In the US, California is one of the states with a remarkable progress in cannabis market regulations. This has led to a thriving market expected to generate $3,1 billion in 2019. The USA East Coast is a region with up to 15 states including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Maine and New Hampshire, Delaware, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.

The laws guiding cannabis use, sale, growth, and distribution in these states vary considerably. Nonetheless, they all respond to some key areas such as user’s age, amounts for individual possession, growth, sale, and legal penalties.

Marijuana Cultivation

States such as Massachusetts allows an individual to grow up to six plants for one person and up to 12 plants for two or more adults. This varies only slightly in the state of Maine, where adults over 21 years can legally grow up to 3 flowering marijuana plants. The condition, though, is that each plant is grown at the individual’s home residence and is out of public view or reach for persons under 21 years of age.

New Jersey is among states in the East Coast where marijuana is outlawed, and a possession of even small amounts for personal use is a crime. The use of medical marijuana in New Jersey is acceptable under limited circumstances.

In Connecticut, regulations outline that marijuana for medical use grows buildings with the same conditions and standards as pharmaceutical factories. Patients who wish to use marijuana have to register with the state. There are 11 medical conditions for which you are allowed to use medical marijuana in Connecticut.

Weed in a Pocket

Now about possession. The amount of marijuana an individual can possess is another important aspect of regulation. The physical status of the product (liquid, dry, seed, or fresh) may determine just how much cannabis you can possess in a particular state. In the state of Maine, the limit for adult possession is up to 2,5 ounces (about 70 grams) and a similar amount for marijuana plus a marijuana concentrate.

The state of Rhode Island has legalized medical marijuana since 2006, and there are several medical dispensaries across the state. However, possession of marijuana exceeding one ounce (about 25-30 grams) attracts prosecution as a misdemeanor charge. A first time offender may incur a jail term, a criminal record or conviction or a fine between $200 – $500.

Sale and Distribution

The laws regarding selling and distribution of cannabis relate to form, amount, and place. Like other regulatory frameworks, they differ significantly among the states on the East Coast. In the recent law decriminalizing marijuana in Delaware, only 15 cannabis store retailers have licenses to sell and produce. According to this law, additional permits are a subject to an increased demand.

Although the Delaware law prohibits home cultivation, 50 cultivation sites and 30 product manufacturers are set to receive licenses, with a raft of factors considered before this legalization. People intending to go into this business would pay a $5,000 application fee and a biennial renewal fee of $10,000.

In Georgia, some government institutions have permission to grow marijuana. However, only six private companies have licenses to grow cannabis and produce medical cannabis oil. Of the six, two can grow up to 100,000 square feet cannabis space while the other four have a 50,000 square feet limit. The total area under cannabis cultivation in Georgia would be approximately 9 acres. For distribution, pharmacies licensed by the State Board of Pharmacy could sell low-THC oil, while the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission undertakes approval of private dispensaries for sale of low-THC oil (find a recipe in out cookbook)

Scary part of it

There is also a significant difference in the kind of punishment attracted by violating marijuana laws in various states in the USA East Coast. Most states vary the age of marijuana users to be above 18 years or above 21 years. At 18 years of age, most states consider an individual as an adult who can make independent decisions and choices in life.

In Florida, medical marijuana has been legal since 2016. In the meantime, there are several bills currently undergoing legal processes to determine precisely how the cannabis market functions. Current laws however allow fines of up to $200,000 and up to 30 years in prison for possession of marijuana.

Recreational cannabis is also illegal in Pennsylvania as well as in South Carolina.

In New York, it is illegal to have cannabis that contains more than 0.3% THC. THC is the chemical known to bring about psychoactive properties in marijuana.

In Maryland, adults can possess marijuana not exceeding 10 grams.

In the end of the Day

The changes affecting the cannabis market are happening across the globe. This presents policymakers and other stakeholders with an opportunity to enhance the market. This is through putting in place a supporting framework that allows the industry to grow specific areas that cannabis regulation has to look, including international trade as well as transportation, quantity, quality, and so on.

The diversity in regulations across states in the USA East Coast demonstrates a need for a harmonized approach to cannabis. This could mainly be helpful, considering that several scientific studies still confirm that cannabis has beneficial properties to human health.

The Names of Marijuana

Humanity gives female names to everything beautiful, often too far beautiful and too far powerful together. Think about the magnificent tall ships of the past, the glorious trade clippers, Christopher Columbus fleet, and the name he has given to the first island discovered, hurricanes in Caribbean, and among others – Marijuana which is an obvious combination of María and Juana — but why is that, shall we see?.

santamaria

The image is a credit to cannabisandspirituality.com

Mary Jane

Mary Jane at its turn is counted as a conversion of Spanish into English, where Mary is the replacement for María, and Jane is an equivalent for Juana, I dun’no how is that but people say so and that is how @MariJane has appeared,

Rumours say that the name was designated artificially to fight with the word against cannabis plant. Back in the middle of the past century the Latin culture was not totally accepted by the majority of population of the American society, some say – because of Mexico, therefore a Hispanic name would definitely play its part against the drug and that is how María y Juana got linked together to represent cannabis…For..Ever! If this version can ever be a true I can guess these two names are among the most popular female names in Spanish speaking countries, if not the most popular two names, and especially María, thanks to Mary, the mother of god. Anyway, the story nowadays appears merely as a fine urban legend.

María and… Yohana?

A popular version for Maria’s name origin is that it is “bitter” in Hebrew, or often referred as “bitter sea”. Yet there is another version that it comes from Mariam, the queen of Babylon, the gran-grand-mother of totalitarianism, and her name’s meaning was “Rebellious”, one of the versions, yet they all are relevant as far as the true story is hidden behind the ages (as usual). Okay. And then Yohana, the hebrew version for Joanna or Jane or Juana, pretty much means “God’s mercy” or “God’s love”. I think, both components of Maria and Juana then do reflect the nature of the drug, huh?

Marijane in other languages

Pronounce it as: Mari-uána. They also call it porro or faso.

I’m sharing the best I know, don’t shoot at me =)))) it would be cool if we grow this page together to contain the hell amount of Marijuana aliases, and the comprehensive marijuana dictionary, let me start.

Hispanic World, so the language is: Spanish

— Marijuana word itself is used relatively freely all around in Latin America, comparing to other countries, no surprise here. They just sometimes replace “j” (which is “h”-sound in Spanish but even a bit harder than “h”), it becomes Marihuana then, where “h” is a totally silent, always in Spanish, and in written they use both versions, pronounce it as: Mari-uána.

They also call it porro in Latin America, or faso.

HANF – Marijuana in German

Social media suggests Hanf is the popular and common name for weed in Germany, or may be just most polite to be published, it stands for merely “hemp”. Honestly I am not mad, at least not mad enough to look for dank in Germany in the street, so having no forking idea how else in a street language it may be called. Anyone knows, please comment it. I believe Ze Germans have a famous sense of humour and it can be another funny name for marijuana discovered.

Brazilian and Portuguese – these are very different except for “maconha”

Yes, classic Portuguese was transformed into Brazilian, they are different much much more than any difference between Spanish and Spanish may exist, or between American and classic English. But for marijuana – it’s Maconha in both. Keep “H” silent like in Spanish they have it same way, while “N” becomes soft because of following silent “h”, something like if it is Macóña or Macón’ya. They also use fino for a joint (literally ‘thin’).

Russians!

For a single king-size joint use Kosyák, roots from “not straight”, or my favourite sound is Düdka, stressing on “ü”

Do not try to find it there unless you know a Russian friends and you trust them. The cops are mad over there, you will find nothing but trouble, and you find no marijuana. The common slang name, neutral enough, used on all levels of society is Plan, it sounds with classic “a” sound alike “PLΛN”, and the word in dictionary points same meaning as plan in English, planning, yes, right you need to plan marijuana… hahahahaha. Spot on y’al Russians! ) For a single king-size joint use a funny one Kosyák, roots from adjective meaning ‘not straight’, or my favourite and the most romantic sound: Dudka (Düdka, stressing on “ü”) which stands for “flute” in normal use of the word.

Dagga is the African and the Africaans

Mostly in South Africa, but in the surrounding too, those speaking (or having around) the Africaans dialect, which is the mix of African languages and Dutch. Well, they call marijuana Dagga, a beautiful word, I love it, and it sounds like Daguh or something. They also use Zol, sources say, this one I didn’t double check on my own, let us believe to the canna community after all.

French

Saying sorry to French readers, I know your pain… but it’s Latin

Oh the phonetic structure of this one is the music to my heart, I cannot stand, I’m hypnotised. This is for the whole language, and for the marijuana wording consequently. Yet they are not much inventive, using L’Herbe, “the herb”, and I’m not even trying to put its sound into letters, not sure if such is ever possible. Of course “H” is silent like in all Latin languages, like [H]-IÉRBA in Spanish (and I say sorry to my French readers, I know your pain but it is the LATIN group of languages, even tho it was not when Rome started its ‘cultural influence’ over the Gallic territory).

Morocco

It’s Kif – everyone knows, right? Mostly for hashish, as they mostly prefer hashish, if not ALWAYS. The word is also widely used specifically for hashish in France as these two (Morocco and France) communicate a lot historically. Especially about the weed, ugh ugh ugh… cannot forget the body check in the airport, they think you are a Kif carrying a human, vice versa. Yet the country is, errr, impressive, and so indescribably beautiful. I love desert. And a kif in the middle of this desert is in my bucket list for sure.

Discover Majoun, the Moroccan “Love Candy”. Brilliant storms of laughter.

Weed in English?

Who on Earth wants English versions for this, eh? but okay, to feed that forking ugly gugol and its reckless spyders or they start biting people. From my personal exploration experience, in Britain they use “dope” more often than “weed”, as weed is well known well spread and more recognisable by peeps denying the plant, many of our fellow site st’owners still complain on the situation around marijuana in UK, and the type of the country suggests the enthusiastic officers, still hunting kids who smoking dope, news say so, I have never seen such. Yet our brothers in England still need to mask weed, and this is for real. They in UK also use a “spliff” often enough to replace already-hiding-nothing a “joint”. And I also love “dank”, I think it’s American.

The street language in USA also suggests: chit, caca, dupa, grass, doobage and, of course, ganja! While the latter one is a worldwide spread, having its roots coming from India and Sri Lanka…

India and Sri Lanka

They call it Ganja over there, the whole world knows, and it is already hardly counted as a slang word, it is just a word for marijuana. Everyone will understand what you want, be sure.

However, in Sri Lanka they use quite often: Kandi, especially for a HIGH quality weed, not necessarily cultivated, it may be wild! And it is WILD!! taking its name from the highland region in the middle of the island, between Southern Sri Lanka and the former Tamil’s territory in the North (remember there was a war once?). Kandi HIGHlights the very rich and natural taste, like nowhere else, and it gets you really HIGH, funny, with an ever-lasting effect. The beautiful island and the outstanding smoking experience!

Wow! it’s Zolo!

Here is a new entry into this page, just spotted minutes ago on twitter presented to us proudly by the African community, by @ThulaniDeAfrika, and below there’s the image he shared, the pure emotion of getting high, so positive, hahaha, xD)) and yes, merely forgot, the just discovered word for marijuana will be: Zolo, that’s in Africa.

Zolo, Africa
Let me smoke my zolo in peace — by ThulaniDeAfrika

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