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Strangest Cannabis Laws in the US

January 16, 2020 0 Comment

Strangest Cannabis Laws in the US – The complexity of Marijuana laws grows as legalization stretches across the nation.  While cannabis remains illegal on the federal level, it is up to individual states to develop their own legislation in regards to the sale and distribution of the drug.  Some hope that federal legalization will pass in 2020, but with recent Congressional decisions concerning cannabis that seems unlikely.

Congress has buried the SAFE and MORE Acts, and removed amendments added by the House Democrats to the FY2020 appropriations packet revising federal employment drug testing, government interference with adult-legal marijuana use, and a clause that prevents the District of Columbia from legalizing. On top of this, they denied protections for veterans and cannabis banking.  With the doubtfulness of federal passage in mind, the states have come up with some odd rules for their regions.

8 Strangest Cannabis Laws in the US

We’ve gathered 8 of the strangest laws below. Let’s have a look at the strangest cannabis laws. 

1) Maine taxes edibles at a higher rate of 8% 

Weird, right? Edibles are arguably one of the healthiest ways to get high while protecting your lungs.  In addition, the skunk-like smell of marijuana is avoided. One would think that the state of Maine would be inclined to incentivize the sale of gummies or brownies over joints and wax.  Oddly enough, Maine chooses to add an 8% tax on edibles – which is 2.5% higher than other marijuana products.  

2) Nevada’s strict font rules

In Nevada, the law states that dispensary signs are allowed to use at most 2 fonts, preferably sans serif.  Perhaps because 81% of Americans prefer sans serif in comparison to other font types (Venngage)? Regardless, it is a little strange for Nevada to dictate the font type of its dispensary’s signs.  

3) California regulates transportation of marijuana

The Golden State is known for being the first state to legalize cannabis, however they have some of the most strict laws concerning its distribution.  California doesn’t allow marijuana to be transported by plane, boat, railroad, bicycles, or unmanned vehicles, which greatly limits marijuana growers and retailers from delivering their product. 

4) Massachusetts prohibits t-shirts and novelty items

Unfortunately for Massachusetts’ retailers, the distribution of promotional items such as t-shirts or cups is not allowed.  This complicates marketing and forces marijuana companies in Massachusetts to be extra creative when endorsing their product.  

5) Washington DC restricts marijuana sale in places that sell gasoline

Washington DC prevents cannabis sales in locations that also sell gasoline or auto repair services.  It can be inferred that this is a tactic hoped to keep people from driving while under the influence, so at least we can make a little sense of this mandate.  Ironically, you can still purchase alcohol in gas stations – even on Sundays! 

6) Delaware only permits advertising in directories and phone books

Yep, you read that correctly.  In Delaware, advertising for Cannabis businesses is only allowed in directories and phone books.  Who even uses a phone book these days? In Delaware, you won’t see marijuana displays on billboards or commercials.  This unorthodox way of advertising is no help to retailers, distributors, and growers.  

7) Connecticut doesn’t allow lighted signs 

Many businesses discourage theft by keeping their store sign lights on at night.  That’s a no can do for dispensaries in Connecticut. Laws inhibit them to promote and protect their business through lighted signs that you see in many other store fronts.  

8) Arizona does not disclose dispensaries

In the Grand Canyon state, it’s tough to find medical marijuana dispensaries.  The only people who have access to names and locations of dispensaries are registered medical cannabis patients.  On top of this, businesses must pay large fees in order to change their name or location.  


One thing that these laws have in common is that they are an annoyance to marijuana companies in their state.  Frivolous regulations such as these hinder businesses from generating income and marketing their brand to potential customers.  This shows that the US still has some way to go before cannabis is fully approved by its people. It also emphasizes how careful marijuana businesses have to be due to the obscurity of state laws. 

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