420-Friendly States: Who Allows Medicinal Marijuana, Recreational Cannabis, and Who Might Be Next

Your Guide to Legal Marijuana in the U.S.

Marijuana laws are changing fast in the US, and we’re here to tell you all about it. From medical marijuana to recreational pot use, we will help you find out if your state is 420-friendly.


Legal Medical Marijuana

Thirty states and the District of Columbia had legalized medical marijuana in some form. But these laws tend to vary widely from state to state. Some states will only allow cannabis-infused products like gels and oils that can help relieve pain. Other states will only allow a person to obtain marijuana if they are suffering from a certain condition, like a terminal disease, chronic pain, or some other rare illness. A person will need to get a medical marijuana card from their healthcare provider if they want to use marijuana  legally in their state.

States that have legalized medical marijuana include:

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Connecticut

  • Delaware

  • Florida

  • Hawaii

  • Illinois

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Montana

  • Nevada

  • New Hampshire

  • New Jersey

  • New Mexico

  • New York

  • North Dakota

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Oregon

  • Pennsylvania

  • Rhode Island

  • Vermont

  • Washington

  • Washington, DC

  • West Virginia


Regardless of your state’s marijuana laws, you can keep your herb fresh and contained by carrying it around in a Smelly Proof bag. You can use black bags to keep the contents hidden. These bags also keep the smell of marijuana out of the air, so you don’t have to worry about stinking up the room or your car (always ensure you transport marijuana legally). Planning to enjoy an edible? Keep it freshly sealed in a bag! The bags can also be reused over and over, so you don’t need to worry about contributing excess plastic waste.


Legal Recreational Marijuana

Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana use, which means anyone over the age of 21 can freely purchase and use marijuana. These include Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado, Alaska, Utah, Massachusetts, and Maine. Some states, including California and Massachusetts, just legalized marijuana use back in 2016, and it has taken them a while to get their recreational marijuana operations up and running. California started selling to the public on January 1st of 2018, while Massachusetts is getting ready to open for business later in 2018. While Maine votes approved legal recreational marijuana use, the state’s governor vetoed the bill, putting legal marijuana sales on hold for now.

While recreational marijuana use is legal in these states, it’s important to remember that not everyone wants to smell your herb. Parents, business owners, and those outside marijuana culture might take issue with your smoking habits even if the law is on your side. Remember to be polite and smoke in private areas that are away from people that may be bothered. If you’re walking around with your herb, use a Smelly Proof bag to lock in the smell, so you won’t bother the other people around you. Smaller bags are great for discreetly holding small amounts of herb while keeping the smells and freshness locked in. Use a larger bag if you’re carrying an edible or bringing some to share with of age friends.


Who May Be Next?

12 states are expected to have some form of marijuana legislation on the ballot in the 2018 election. Some of these states will be considering medical marijuana use for the first time, while others may switch from medical marijuana laws to legalizing the substance recreationally. We’ll have to wait and see how voters respond to these initiatives later this year, but it could turn out to be a record year for all kinds of marijuana legalization.


If you’re a marijuana user, you can use Smelly Proof bags to keep your marijuana from smelling up your home or car. You can also keep your marijuana fresh by keeping it in an air-tight bag. Black bags will also help you avoid bringing attention to yourself when carrying around your herb in public. Order some Smelly Proof bags today to keep the air around you smelling clean and fresh.

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