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Recreational Use of Cannabis: Volume 2

Laws legalizing the cultivation, sale, or use of cannabis for other than medical purposes, together with laws imposing various prohibitions and restrictions on such practices.

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Alaska (85)
1/1/2012 - 2/23/2015   
Alaska (135)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on February 24, 2015, by 2014 Alaska Ballot Measure No. 2. However, retail sales did not begin in Alaska until October 29, 2016, according to news reports. See, e.g., "Alaska Shop Set to Offer State's First Legal Marijuana Sales." Fortune. October 29, 2016. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from http://fortune.com/2016/10/29/alaska-legal-marijuana-sales/ .

2/24/2015 - 2/20/2016Yes Private Entities No LawNoneNoneProhibitedNo LawNo Law5 Citations
Alaska (136)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on February 24, 2015, by 2014 Alaska Ballot Measure No. 2. However, retail sales did not begin in Alaska until October 29, 2016, according to news reports. See, e.g., "Alaska Shop Set to Offer State's First Legal Marijuana Sales." Fortune. October 29, 2016. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from http://fortune.com/2016/10/29/alaska-legal-marijuana-sales/ .

Health & Safety Warning Requirements:

Requires statement on label that ""[m]arijuana has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming and addictive"" and "[t]here are health risks associated with marijuana."

Packaging Requirements:

Container must be resealable.

Public Consumption:

With approval from the Marijuana Control Board, a licensed retail marijuana store is authorized to permit consumption of marijuana or a marijuana product purchased on the licensed premises, in a designated area on the licensed premises."

2/21/2016 - 1/1/2020Yes Private EntitiesYesNo LawAmount of THC; Breastfeeding; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; OtherBothBothRestrictedProhibitedNo Law20 Citations
California (89)
1/1/2012 - 11/8/2016   
California (137)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on November 9, 2016, by Cal. Initiative Measure Prop. 64 (2016). However, licensing authorities were not required to begin issuing licenses in California until January 1, 2018, according to Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 26012(c).

Vertical Integration Prohibited:

A “microbusiness” license allows for the cultivation of marijuana on an area less than 10,000 square feet and to act as a licensed distributor, manufacturer, and retailer.

Public Consumption:

State law authorizes localities to allow on-premises consumption if certain conditions are met. APIS does not address policies established by local governments.

11/9/2016 - 6/26/2017Yes Private EntitiesYesAmount of THC; Breastfeeding; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-LimitedBothBothProhibitedAllowedProhibited14 Citations
California (138)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on November 9, 2016, by Cal. Initiative Measure Prop. 64 (2016). However, licensing authorities were not required to begin issuing licenses in California until January 1, 2018, according to Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 26012(c).

Vertical Integration Prohibited:

A “microbusiness” license allows for the cultivation of marijuana on an area less than 10,000 square feet and to act as a licensed distributor, manufacturer, and retailer.

Public Consumption:

State law authorizes localities to allow on-premises consumption if certain conditions are met. APIS does not address policies established by local governments.

6/27/2017 - 12/6/2017Yes Private EntitiesYesTesting RequiredAmount of THC; Breastfeeding; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-Limited; Tamper-EvidentBothBothProhibitedAllowedProhibited16 Citations
California (139)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on November 9, 2016, by Cal. Initiative Measure Prop. 64 (2016). However, licensing authorities were not required to begin issuing licenses in California until January 1, 2018, according to Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 26012(c).

Vertical Integration Prohibited:

A “microbusiness” license allows for the cultivation of marijuana on an area less than 10,000 square feet and to act as a licensed distributor, manufacturer, and retailer.

Public Consumption:

State law authorizes localities to allow on-premises consumption if certain conditions are met. APIS does not address policies established by local governments.

12/7/2017 - 1/1/2020Yes Private EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Breastfeeding; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-Limited; Tamper-Evident; OtherBothBothProhibitedAllowedProhibited19 Citations
Colorado (90)
1/1/2012 - 12/9/2012   
Colorado (140)

Recreational Use Legalized:
The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on December 10, 2012, by 2012 Colo. Legis. Serv. Init. Pet. 30. However, retail sales did not begin in Colorado until January 1, 2014. See Colorado Department of Public Safety. Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: Early Findings, A Report Pursuant to Senate Bill 13-283. March 2016, p. 17. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from https://cdpsdocs.state.co.us/ors/docs/reports/2016-SB13-283-Rpt.pdf .

Vertical Integration Prohibited:
A retail marijuana store or a marijuana products manufacturer may cultivate its own retail marijuana if it obtains a retail marijuana cultivation facility license. (Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 12-43.4-402, 404.)

Open Container:
Colorado’s open container prohibition requires “evidence that marijuana has been consumed within the motor vehicle.” APIS does not include laws with such restrictions for purposes of this variable.

12/10/2012 - 5/27/2013Yes  No LawNoneNoneProhibitedNo LawNo Law3 Citations
Colorado (141)

Recreational Use Legalized:
The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on December 10, 2012, by 2012 Colo. Legis. Serv. Init. Pet. 30. However, retail sales did not begin in Colorado until January 1, 2014. See Colorado Department of Public Safety. Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: Early Findings, A Report Pursuant to Senate Bill 13-283. March 2016, p. 17. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from https://cdpsdocs.state.co.us/ors/docs/reports/2016-SB13-283-Rpt.pdf .

Vertical Integration Prohibited:
A retail marijuana store or a marijuana products manufacturer may cultivate its own retail marijuana if it obtains a retail marijuana cultivation facility license. (Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 12-43.4-402, 404.)

Open Container:
Colorado’s open container prohibition requires “evidence that marijuana has been consumed within the motor vehicle.” APIS does not include laws with such restrictions for purposes of this variable.

5/28/2013 - 10/14/2013Yes Private EntitiesYesNo LawNoneNoneProhibitedProhibitedNo Law38 Citations
Colorado (142)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on December 10, 2012, by 2012 Colo. Legis. Serv. Init. Pet. 30. However, retail sales did not begin in Colorado until January 1, 2014. See Colorado Department of Public Safety. Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: Early Findings, A Report Pursuant to Senate Bill 13-283. March 2016, p. 17. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from https://cdpsdocs.state.co.us/ors/docs/reports/2016-SB13-283-Rpt.pdf .

Vertical Integration Prohibited:

A retail marijuana store or a marijuana products manufacturer may cultivate its own retail marijuana if it obtains a retail marijuana cultivation facility license. (Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 12-43.4-402, 404.)

Packaging Requirements:

A multi-serving liquid must: (1) be packaged in a structure that uses a single mechanism to achieve both child-resistance and accurate pouring measurement of each liquid serving in increments equal to or less than 10 mg of active THC per serving, with no more than 100 mg of active THC total per package; and (2) the measurement component is within the child-resistant cap or closure of the bottle and is not a separate component.

Open Container:

Colorado’s open container prohibition requires “evidence that marijuana has been consumed within the motor vehicle.” APIS does not include laws with such restrictions for purposes of this variable.

10/15/2013 - 12/31/2017Yes Private EntitiesYesRestrictedAmount of THC; Breastfeeding; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-LimitedBothBothProhibitedProhibitedNo Law39 Citations
Colorado (158)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on December 10, 2012, by 2012 Colo. Legis. Serv. Init. Pet. 30. However, retail sales did not begin in Colorado until January 1, 2014. See Colorado Department of Public Safety. Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: Early Findings, A Report Pursuant to Senate Bill 13-283. March 2016, p. 17. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from https://cdpsdocs.state.co.us/ors/docs/reports/2016-SB13-283-Rpt.pdf .

Vertical Integration Prohibited:

A retail marijuana store or a marijuana products manufacturer may cultivate its own retail marijuana if it obtains a retail marijuana cultivation facility license. (Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 12-43.4-402, 404.)

Use of Pesticides:

Although the effective date of Colorado's enacting legislation establishing a mandatory Pesticide Testing requirement was January 1, 2018, the requirement did not become fully implemented and enforceable until August 1, 2018.

Packaging Requirements:

A multi-serving liquid must: (1) be packaged in a structure that uses a single mechanism to achieve both child-resistance and accurate pouring measurement of each liquid serving in increments equal to or less than 10 mg of active THC per serving, with no more than 100 mg of active THC total per package; and (2) the measurement component is within the child-resistant cap or closure of the bottle and is not a separate component.

Open Container:

Colorado’s open container prohibition requires “evidence that marijuana has been consumed within the motor vehicle.” APIS does not include laws with such restrictions for purposes of this variable.

1/1/2018 - 12/31/2019Yes Private EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Breastfeeding; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-LimitedBothBothProhibitedProhibitedNo Law28 Citations
Colorado (195)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on December 10, 2012, by 2012 Colo. Legis. Serv. Init. Pet. 30. However, retail sales did not begin in Colorado until January 1, 2014. See Colorado Department of Public Safety. Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: Early Findings, A Report Pursuant to Senate Bill 13-283. March 2016, p. 17. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from https://cdpsdocs.state.co.us/ors/docs/reports/2016-SB13-283-Rpt.pdf .

Use of Pesticides:

Although the effective date of Colorado's enacting legislation establishing a mandatory Pesticide Testing requirement was January 1, 2018, the requirement did not become fully implemented and enforceable until August 1, 2018.

Packaging Requirements:

A multi-serving liquid must: (1) be packaged in a structure that uses a single mechanism to achieve both child-resistance and accurate pouring measurement of each liquid serving in increments equal to or less than 10 mg of active THC per serving, with no more than 100 mg of active THC total per package; and (2) the measurement component is within the child-resistant cap or closure of the bottle and is not a separate component.

Public Consumption: 

If permitted by local jurisdiction in which licensee operates, the state licensing authority may issue a marijuana hospitality business license authorizing the licensee to operate a licensed premises where marijuana may be consumed or a retail marijuana hospitality and sales business license authorizing the licensee to operate a licensed premises where marijuana may be sold and consumed.

Home Delivery:

The state licensing authority shall begin issuing retail marijuana delivery permits on, but not earlier than, January 2, 2021.

Open Container:

Colorado’s open container prohibition requires “evidence that marijuana has been consumed within the motor vehicle.” APIS does not include laws with such restrictions for purposes of this variable.

1/1/2020 - 1/1/2020Yes Private EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Breastfeeding; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-LimitedBothBothRestrictedAllowed with RestrictionsNo Law31 Citations
District of Columbia (92)
1/1/2012 - 2/25/2015   
District of Columbia (143)
2/26/2015 - 1/1/2020Yes  ProhibitedNo Law11 Citations
Illinois (99)
1/1/2012 - 6/24/2019   
Illinois (173)

Recreational Use Legalized:

On May 31, 2019, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. The Act was signed into law by the Governor on June 25, 2019, to become effective on January 1, 2020. Retail sales began on January 1, 2020. 

 

Open Container

No driver or passenger may possess cannabis within any area of any motor vehicle, except in a sealed, odor-proof, child-resistant cannabis container.

6/25/2019 - 1/1/2020Yes Private EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Breastfeeding; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/ResistantBothBothProhibitedNo LawAllowed with Restrictions11 Citations
Maine (106)
1/1/2012 - 1/29/2017   
Maine (144)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on January 30, 2017. However, as of January 1, 2020, retail sales had not yet begun in Maine.

Vertical Integration Prohibited:

An applicant may be granted more than one type of license, except that a person licensed as a retail marijuana testing facility may not hold any other type of license.

Public Consumption:

The Marijuana Legalization Act provides for a "retail marijuana social club license," which is an entity licensed to sell retail marijuana and retail marijuana products to consumers for consumption on the licensed premises; however, that language was subsequently removed from the statutes prior to any such licenses being issued. See Me. Stat. Ann. tit. 7, § 2448, repealed May 2, 2018.

1/30/2017 - 5/1/2018Yes Private EntitiesYesTesting RequiredAmount of THC; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving SizeNoneNoneRestrictedNo LawNo Law8 Citations
Maine (169)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on January 30, 2017. However, as of January 1, 2020, retail sales had not yet begun in Maine.

Vertical Integration Prohibited:

An applicant may be granted more than one type of license, except that a person licensed as a retail marijuana testing facility may not hold any other type of license. 

5/2/2018 - 9/3/2019Yes Private EntitiesYesTesting RequiredAmount of THC; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving SizeChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-Limited; Tamper-Evident; OtherBothBothProhibitedProhibitedNo Law14 Citations
Maine (186)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on January 30, 2017. However, as of January 1, 2020, retail sales had not yet begun in Maine.

Vertical Integration Prohibited:

An applicant may be granted more than one type of license, except that a person licensed as a retail marijuana testing facility may not hold any other type of license. 

9/4/2019 - 11/21/2019Yes Private EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving SizeChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-Limited; Tamper-Evident; OtherBothBothProhibitedProhibitedNo Law15 Citations
Maine (187)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on January 30, 2017. However, as of January 1, 2020, retail sales had not yet begun in Maine.

Vertical Integration Prohibited:

An applicant may be granted more than one type of license, except that a person licensed as a retail marijuana testing facility may not hold any other type of license. 

11/22/2019 - 1/1/2020Yes Private EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Breastfeeding; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving SizeChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-Limited; Tamper-Evident; OtherBothBothProhibitedProhibitedNo Law18 Citations
Massachusetts (104)
1/1/2012 - 12/14/2016   
Massachusetts (145)

Recreational Use Legalized:
The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on December 15, 2016, by 2016 Mass. Ballot Measure Question 4. However, retail sales did not begin in Massachusetts until November 20, 2018, according to news reports. See, e.g., "Recreational marijuana sales began in Massachusetts. Here’s how it went." Boston.com. November 20, 2018. Retrieved on 2/21/2020 from https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2018/11/20/massachusetts-recreati... .

Public Consumption:
State law authorizes localities to allow on-premises consumption by municipal initiative. APIS does not address policies established by local governments.

12/15/2016 - 7/27/2017Yes Private Entities No LawNoneNoneProhibitedNo LawProhibited3 Citations
Massachusetts (146)

Recreational Use Legalized:
The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on December 15, 2016, by 2016 Mass. Ballot Measure Question 4. However, retail sales did not begin in Massachusetts until November 20, 2018, according to news reports. See, e.g., "Recreational marijuana sales began in Massachusetts. Here’s how it went." Boston.com. November 20, 2018. Retrieved on 2/21/2020 from https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2018/11/20/massachusetts-recreati... .

Public Consumption:
State law authorizes localities to allow on-premises consumption by municipal initiative. APIS does not address policies established by local governments.

7/28/2017 - 3/22/2018Yes Private Entities Testing RequiredNoneNoneProhibitedNo LawProhibited5 Citations
Massachusetts (163)

Recreational Use Legalized:
The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on December 15, 2016, by 2016 Mass. Ballot Measure Question 4. However, retail sales did not begin in Massachusetts until November 20, 2018, according to news reports. See, e.g., "Recreational marijuana sales began in Massachusetts. Here’s how it went." Boston.com. November 20, 2018. Retrieved on 2/21/2020 from https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2018/11/20/massachusetts-recreati... .

Public Consumption:
State law authorizes localities to allow on-premises consumption by municipal initiative. APIS does not address policies established by local governments.

3/23/2018 - 10/31/2019Yes Private EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Breastfeeding; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-Limited; Tamper-Proof/Resistant; OtherBothBothProhibitedProhibitedProhibited8 Citations
Massachusetts (180)

Recreational Use Legalized:
The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on December 15, 2016, by 2016 Mass. Ballot Measure Question 4. However, retail sales did not begin in Massachusetts until November 20, 2018, according to news reports. See, e.g., "Recreational marijuana sales began in Massachusetts. Here’s how it went." Boston.com. November 20, 2018. Retrieved on 2/21/2020 from https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2018/11/20/massachusetts-recreati... .

Public Consumption:
Massachusetts allows holders of a Social Consumption Establishment license to engage in retail recreational cannabis sales for on-premises consumption.

Home Delivery:
Massachusetts allows holders of a Delivery-only license to deliver marijuana or marijuana products directly to consumers.

11/1/2019 - 1/1/2020Yes Private EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Breastfeeding; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-Limited; Tamper-Proof/Resistant; OtherBothBothRestrictedAllowed with RestrictionsProhibited12 Citations
Michigan (107)
1/1/2012 - 12/5/2018   
Michigan (165)

Recreational Use Legalized:
The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was passed by the voters of Michigan on November 6, 2018, and became law on December 6, 2018. However, retail sales did not begin in Michigan until December 1, 2019, according to news reports. See, e.g., "On first day of Michigan recreational marijuana sales, customers line up for flower." Marijuana Business Daily. December 2, 2019. Retrieved on 2/28/2020 from https://mjbizdaily.com/first-day-of-michigan-recreational-sales-customer... .

Public Consumption:
State law authorizes municipalities to allow on-premises consumption if certain conditions are met. APIS does not address policies established by local governments.

12/6/2018 - 7/2/2019Yes Private Entities Child-Proof/ResistantProhibited5 Citations
Michigan (190)

Recreational Use Legalized:
The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was passed by the voters of Michigan on November 6, 2018, and became law on December 6, 2018. However, retail sales did not begin in Michigan until December 1, 2019, according to news reports. See, e.g., "On first day of Michigan recreational marijuana sales, customers line up for flower." Marijuana Business Daily. December 2, 2019. Retrieved on 2/28/2020 from https://mjbizdaily.com/first-day-of-michigan-recreational-sales-customer... . Regulations governing adult use in Michigan are contained in the Marijuana Regulatory Agency Emergency Rules, Mich. Admin. Code R 333E-1.2019.

Health & Safety Warning Requirements:
Product labels must contain information regarding activation time. Mich. Admin. Code R 333E-1.2019, Rule 49.

Packaging Requirements:
Edible products must not appeal to minors aged 17 or younger or be easily confused with candy, and must be contained in opaque packaging. Edible products containing more than one serving must be contained in resealable packaging. Mich. Admin. Code R 333E-1.2019, Rule 45.

Public Consumption:
Michigan allows for Designated Consumption Establishments, which are licensed by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency and authorized to permit adults 21 years of age and older to consume marihuana products at the location indicated on the state license. Mich. Admin. Code R 333E-1.2019, Rules 1, 59.

7/3/2019 - 1/1/2020Yes Private EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Presence of Cannabis or THC; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; OtherBothContentRestrictedAllowed with RestrictionsNo Law14 Citations
Nevada (118)
1/1/2012 - 12/31/2016   
Nevada (147)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on January 1, 2017, by 2016 Nevada Initiative Petition, Ballot Question No. 2. However, retail sales did not begin in Nevada until July 1, 2017, according to news reports. See, e.g., Lochhead, C. “Nevada has massive first month of marijuana sales.” Las Vegas Review-Journal. September 28, 2017. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/pot-news/nevada-has-massive-first-mon... .

1/1/2017 - 5/7/2017Yes Private Entities No LawNoneNoneProhibitedNo LawNo Law8 Citations
Nevada (148)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on January 1, 2017, by 2016 Nevada Initiative Petition, Ballot Question No. 2. However, retail sales did not begin in Nevada until July 1, 2017, according to news reports. See, e.g., Lochhead, C. “Nevada has massive first month of marijuana sales.” Las Vegas Review-Journal. September 28, 2017. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/pot-news/nevada-has-massive-first-mon... .

Home Delivery:

Before transportation, retail marijunana store agent must confirm verbally with consumer by telephone that consumer is 21 years of age or older and ordered marijuana or marijuana products and verify the identity of the consumer; then, enter details of confirmation in a log which must be available for inspection by law enforcement agency and by Department.

5/8/2017 - 6/25/2017Yes Private Entities No LawNoneNoneProhibitedAllowed with RestrictionsNo Law9 Citations
Nevada (149)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on January 1, 2017, by 2016 Nevada Initiative Petition, Ballot Question No. 2. However, retail sales did not begin in Nevada until July 1, 2017, according to news reports. See, e.g., Lochhead, C. “Nevada has massive first month of marijuana sales.” Las Vegas Review-Journal. September 28, 2017. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/pot-news/nevada-has-massive-first-mon... .

Health & Safety Warning Requirements:

Nevada requires that retail cannabis stores include a written notification with each sale of product which advises the purchaser, "That the intoxicating effects of marijuana products may be delayed by 2 hours or more and users of marijuana products should initially ingest a small amount of the product containing no more than 10 milligrams of THC, then wait at least 2 hours before ingesting any additional amount of the product."

Home Delivery:

Before transportation, retail marijuana store agent must confirm verbally with consumer by telephone that consumer is 21 years of age or older and ordered marijuana or marijuana products and verify the identity of the consumer; then, enter details of confirmation in a log which must be available for inspection by law enforcement agency and by Department.

6/26/2017 - 6/30/2017Yes Private Entities No LawAmount of THC; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-Limited; OtherBothBothProhibitedAllowed with RestrictionsNo Law10 Citations
Nevada (150)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on January 1, 2017, by 2016 Nevada Initiative Petition, Ballot Question No. 2. However, retail sales did not begin in Nevada until July 1, 2017, according to news reports. See, e.g., Lochhead, C. “Nevada has massive first month of marijuana sales.” Las Vegas Review-Journal. September 28, 2017. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/pot-news/nevada-has-massive-first-mon... .

Health & Safety Warning Requirements:

Nevada requires that retail cannabis stores include a written notification with each sale of product which advises the purchaser, "That the intoxicating effects of marijuana products may be delayed by 2 hours or more and users of marijuana products should initially ingest a small amount of the product containing no more than 10 milligrams of THC, then wait at least 2 hours before ingesting any additional amount of the product."

Home Delivery:

Before transportation, retail marijuana store agent must confirm verbally with consumer by telephone that consumer is 21 years of age or older and ordered marijuana or marijuana products and verify the identity of the consumer; then, enter details of confirmation in a log which must be available for inspection by law enforcement agency and by Department.

7/1/2017 - 2/26/2018Yes Private Entities RestrictedAmount of THC; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-Limited; OtherBothBothProhibitedAllowed with RestrictionsNo Law10 Citations
Nevada (193)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on January 1, 2017, by 2016 Nevada Initiative Petition, Ballot Question No. 2. However, retail sales did not begin in Nevada until July 1, 2017, according to news reports. See, e.g., Lochhead, C. “Nevada has massive first month of marijuana sales.” Las Vegas Review-Journal. September 28, 2017. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/pot-news/nevada-has-massive-first-mon... .

Health & Safety Warning Requirements:

Nevada requires that retail cannabis stores include a written notification with each sale of product which advises the purchaser, "That the intoxicating effects of marijuana products may be delayed by 2 hours or more and users of marijuana products should initially ingest a small amount of the product containing no more than 10 milligrams of THC, then wait at least 2 hours before ingesting any additional amount of the product."

Home Delivery:

Deliveries must be made by registered marijuana establishment agents only during hours the retail marijuana store is open for business, only within the borders of the state, and only after scanning a customer’s proof of identification, among other requirements. Nev. Admin. Code 453D.572.

2/27/2018 - 1/1/2020Yes Private EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-Limited; OtherBothBothProhibitedAllowed with RestrictionsNo Law25 Citations
Oregon (122)
1/1/2012 - 6/30/2015   
Oregon (151)
7/1/2015 - 12/31/2015Yes Private EntitiesYesOtherProhibitedAllowed with RestrictionsNo Law6 Citations
Oregon (152)
1/1/2016 - 1/1/2020Yes Private EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; OtherBothBothProhibitedAllowed with RestrictionsNo Law38 Citations
Vermont (130)
1/1/2012 - 6/30/2018   
Vermont (159)
7/1/2018 - 1/1/2020Yes  ProhibitedNo LawProhibited5 Citations
Washington (131)
1/1/2012 - 12/5/2012   
Washington (153)

Recreational Use Legalized:

The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on December 6, 2012, by 2012 Wash. Initiative Measure No. 502. However, retail sales did not begin in Washington until July 8, 2014, according to news reports. See, e.g., Johnson, K. "Sales of Recreational Marijuana Begin in Washington State." The New York Times. July 8, 2014. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/us/washington-to-begin-sales-of-recre... .

Vertical Integration Prohibited: Neither a licensed marijuana producer nor processor shall have a financial interest in a retailer.

12/6/2012 - 11/20/2013YesYesPrivate Entities Testing RequiredPlacementPlacementProhibitedNo LawNo Law9 Citations
Washington (154)

Recreational Use Legalized:
The creation of a licensing system governing retail sales was mandated on December 6, 2012, by 2012 Wash. Initiative Measure No. 502. However, retail sales did not begin in Washington until July 8, 2014, according to news reports. See, e.g., Johnson, K. "Sales of Recreational Marijuana Begin in Washington State." The New York Times. July 8, 2014. Retrieved on 12/14/2017 from https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/us/washington-to-begin-sales-of-recre... .

Vertical Integration Prohibited: Neither a licensed marijuana producer nor processor shall have a financial interest in a retailer.

Health & Safety Warning Requirements:  

Serving Size only applies to marijuana-infused products.

Packaging Requirements:
Child-Proof/Resistant only applies to marijuana-infused products and concentrates. Tamper-Proof/Resistant only applies to marijuana-infused products.

11/21/2013 - 9/25/2015YesYesPrivate EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Breastfeeding; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Tamper-Proof/ResistantBothBothProhibitedProhibitedNo Law9 Citations
Washington (179)

Vertical Integration Prohibited: Neither a licensed marijuana producer nor processor shall have a financial interest in a retailer.

Packaging Requirements:
Child-Proof/Resistant only applies to marijuana-infused products and concentrates.  Dose-Limited only applies to marijuana-infused solid edibles. Beginning on January 1, 2019, Tamper-Proof/Resistant applies to marijuana-infused products and concentrates. Prior to January 1, 2019, Serving Size applied only to marijuana-infused products. Beginning on January 1, 2019, Serving Size applies to marijuana and marijuana product labels generally.

9/26/2015 - 12/31/2018YesYesPrivate EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Breastfeeding; Child Access; Impairment of Driving; Pregnancy; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-Limited; Tamper-Proof/ResistantBothBothProhibitedProhibitedProhibited12 Citations
Washington (155)

Vertical Integration Prohibited: Neither a licensed marijuana producer nor processor shall have a financial interest in a retailer.

Packaging Requirements:
Child-Proof/Resistant only applies to marijuana-infused products and concentrates.  Dose-Limited only applies to marijuana-infused solid edibles. Beginning on January 1, 2019, Tamper-Proof/Resistant applies to marijuana-infused products and concentrates. Prior to January 1, 2019, Serving Size applied only to marijuana-infused products. Beginning on January 1, 2019, Serving Size applies to marijuana and marijuana product labels generally.

1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019YesYesPrivate EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Impairment of Driving; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-Limited; Tamper-Proof/ResistantBothBothProhibitedProhibitedProhibited13 Citations
Washington (191)

Vertical Integration Prohibited: Neither a licensed marijuana producer nor processor shall have a financial interest in a retailer.

Packaging Requirements:
Child-Proof/Resistant only applies to marijuana-infused products and concentrates.  Dose-Limited only applies to marijuana-infused solid edibles. Prior to January 1, 2019, Serving Size applied only to marijuana-infused products. Beginning on January 1, 2019, Serving Size applies to marijuana and marijuana product labels generally.

1/1/2020 - 1/1/2020YesYesPrivate EntitiesYesRestricted; Testing RequiredAmount of THC; Impairment of Driving; Presence of Cannabis or THC; Serving Size; OtherChild-Proof/Resistant; Dose-LimitedBothBothProhibitedProhibitedProhibited13 Citations