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Understand Marijuana Laws in 6 Minutes

By January 10, 2018Marijuana Legal

What does legalized weed mean? We explain marijuana legalization so you understand the basics of different state laws and what changed after the 2016 election.

This video is also an overview of the state laws legalizing medical or recreational weed/pot and what Trump might do regarding legalization once he’s President. Be warned that this is a basic overview, not legal advice, and doesn’t get into too many specifics of individual states like Colorado or California.

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