Pot, dope, weed, Mary Jane, cannabis, ganja, marijuana — all of these are slang terms for the plant that’s been getting a lot of media attention lately. As more and more states legalize marijuana, parents who grew up in an age of total prohibition are struggling to keep up with the changing laws and new products that may fall into their children’s hands.
Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. This guide to marijuana will give you the words and definitions you need to know so that you can talk with your kids about cannabis.
The Basics: Legal or Illegal?
In 10 states and Washington D.C., Marijuana is legal for persons 21 years and up to use recreationally. In 14 states, it remains outright illegal, and in the rest of the states it is either medicinally allowed and/or decriminalized to a certain extent. Check out the interactive map (link below) to determine how restrictive your state’s laws are on marijuana.
In the cases where the state allows medical marijuana, the age restriction is set at 18 for those with a doctor’s recommendation rather than 21.
CBD is legal in all 50 states.