Recreational marijuana use is legal in 11 states, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam. Needless to say, adult-use cannabis use is on the rise. So, with all this cannabis floating around, where is one allowed to consume it? Finding a safe spot to smoke, vape, or ingest cannabis is easy, but requires knowing your state’s rules and regulations to remain compliant with state and federal laws.
Can you use marijuana in public?
While adult-use marijuana is legal in 11 states and decriminalized in plenty more, it’s absolutely illegal to smoke cannabis in public spaces. Public space is defined as any area with public access. Every law enforcement agency has different policies on enforcing possession and use of marijuana in public.
Generally, people aren’t allowed to smoke 1,000 feet near a school, daycare center, or youth center where children are present. People caught breaking the law can be punished with a fine ranging from $100 to $500.
A handful of states are licensing social consumption lounges and cafes where consumers can safely buy and consume marijuana with others over 21 years of age. In California, users can visit the world’s first cannabis cafe called the Original Cannabis Cafe in West Hollywood.
Cannabis consumption lounges can mainly be found in California’s Bay Area and Colorado. Illinois has also approved one adult-use marijuana consumption lounge. Alaska has also approved licenses for retail stores with areas dedicated to social consumption.
More than likely, the safest and best place to consume your recreational marijuana is from the comfort of your own home. Keep in mind, some landlords can prohibit cannabis smoking inside their premises. Users can smoke, vape, and eat cannabis in their private residence or a friend’s house who’s ok with cannabis use.
Backyards, balcony, patios, and terraces are all excellent places to consume marijuana alone or with friends, especially if you’re the homeowner. If you rent, however, you probably won’t be able to smoke cannabis at your leisure. You can try edibles or vape pens for more discreet consumption.
Where Not To Use Recreational Marijuana
As mentioned above, recreational and medical marijuana use is not allowed in certain areas. For instance, cannabis use is banned in federal property such as national parks because cannabis is still considered a Schedule I drug with no medicinal value.
Cannabis consumption is not allowed while you’re operating a vehicle. Even passengers can’t consume marijuana while in the car. Recreational cannabis use is typically prohibited by employers who have a zero-tolerance policy.
While it may seem like there’s no place to consume cannabis safely, there are a few consumption methods that offer convenient and discreet delivery. Topicals, vape cartridges, and edibles are cannabis-infused products that don’t produce the smoke and smell associated with lighting up a joint or bong.
Consuming recreational cannabis can be safe and fun, but first, check out your state’s cannabis consumption laws to avoid a run-in with the law. Using discreet consumption methods can limit the odor and nuisance caused by smoking marijuana in public. Now go out there and spice up any experience with some recreational marijuana.