States In Which Marijuana Has Been Legalized And Why

Posted on 02-23-2016 by
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The legalization of marijuana has been a hot topic across America for the past few years, and many states have permitted the use, sale or possession of marijuana by citizens to some degree. When it comes to marijuana, Georgia is not one of these progressive states, but it's possible that Georgia’s position on marijuana could change at some point in the future, especially in light of how many other states have changed their attitudes towards marijuana.


States Where Marijuana Has Been Legalized


A handful of states are leading the way when it comes to the legalization of marijuana. The states that have legalized marijuana to date include:


  • Washington;
  • Oregon;
  • Colorado;
  • Alaska; and
  • Washington, D.C.


There are also states that are not quite ready to make the leap to the full-blown legalization of marijuana. Instead, a number of other states have taken steps to decriminalize marijuana in some way. The states that have decriminalized marijuana in some fashion include:


  • California;
  • Nevada;
  • Nebraska;
  • Minnesota;
  • Mississippi;
  • North Carolina;
  • Ohio;
  • New York;
  • Massachusetts;
  • Vermont;
  • Maine;
  • Rhode Island;
  • New Jersey;
  • Delaware; and
  • Maryland.


What Are The Reasons For Legalizing or Decriminalizing Marijuana?


There are a number of good reasons why these states have chosen to either legalize or decriminalize marijuana. For instance, it reduces the burden experienced by law enforcement and the courts, and allows for more resources to be put towards more serious matters, like tracking down and prosecuting criminals for violent crimes or for dealing in hard and highly addictive drugs. Additionally, by permitting the regulated sale of marijuana, states can create jobs and can generate revenue for the state by taxing the sale of marijuana. By promoting economic prosperity, more money is available to the state to fund public works and social safety nets. 


Marijuana is still illegal in Georgia, under Ga. Code Ann. Section 16-13-1, so if you are facing charges for marijuana possession in Athens, Georgia, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Georgia criminal defense lawyer who can provide you with the aggressive criminal defense you need to protect your rights and your freedom.

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