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Canada has legalized marijuana. What about the United States?




In 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize marijuana nationwide.The second country to do so is Canada.However, there is an age limit for the purchase and use of marijuana in Canada. Different provinces and regions have different rules in this regard. Some regions require at least 19 years old, while others require at least 18 years old.Also, where and how marijuana is allowed depends on local rules.Every province has a legal way to buy marijuana, and most are now government-run shops. Many private shops are still applying to the government.Marijuana can be smoked in private homes, but the use of marijuana in public places depends on the province's rules.Some students may ask: can American students go to Canada to smoke marijuana?Under the current rules, you are not breaking the law in Canada as long as your purchase and use of marijuana does not violate local government regulations.The rules include: you must be a minimum age, marijuana must be sold through a local government approved distribution channel, you can only smoke marijuana in permitted places, and you don't have more than the local government allowed.

However, not breaking the law does not mean there is no risk.Although some states have legalized marijuana, the federal government still considers it illegal.With the legalization of marijuana in Canada, U.S. customs may conduct more checks on people traveling between the two countries, and international students may be questioned by customs when they return to the United States, so don't take any chances.Also, marijuana is not allowed to be brought into or out of the United States.If an international student buys marijuana in Canada, he/she should not bring it back to the United States. Marijuana will be confiscated by the customs upon entry and may be charged with smuggling marijuana.

Marijuana is legal in three states: illegal, legal for medical use and legal for recreational use.Medical marijuana legalization means doctors can use it to treat patients.Recreational marijuana is fully legal.In places where recreational marijuana is legal, people of an age can legally buy and use it, as in Canada.In states where marijuana is illegal and medical marijuana is legal, there is also decriminalization, which means there are no criminal penalties for marijuana-related offenses and only civil penalties.

1973 Oregon became the first U.S. state to decriminalize marijuana.In 1996, California became the first state in the United States to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, opening the way to legalization in the United States.After California, several more states have legalized medical marijuana.In 2012, Colorado became the first U.S. state to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana.


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