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While it contains mind-altering chemicals and has not always maintained a positive spotlight, the little green plant called marijuana has still managed to leave a massive impact on our country, hasn’t it? Over the course of decades, the fragrant herb has become the centerpiece for political campaigns from Australia to the United Kingdom, but one of the most heated debates is still taking place in our country. Mostly, the United States remains divided on the issue of marijuana legalization. At this time, over 30 states have approved medical marijuana, while 9 have legalized recreational use of the plant. Along the East Coast, multiple states are taking conservative approaches on the plant, with Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York leading the charge. Still, in the midst of Atlantic warfare, where does that leave the tiniest player of all? Let’s take a closer look at some facts about legal cannabis in Rhode Island.

Small but Sure

While it is the smallest state in our nation, Rhode Island once served as a powerhouse in the formation of the United States. Alongside Pennsylvania, the Ocean State was one of the first 13 states to defer from British rule and has continued to maintain a ferocious sense of independence (unrivaled by any other state). Sandwiched by Massachusetts and Connecticut, Little Rhody offers scenic beaches, rugged forest hills, and arid temperatures. Interestingly, this state has also received a media attention for its depiction in Family Guy, The Great Gatsby (1974), Meet Joe Black, and Dan in Real Life (2007). Over 14% of Rhode Island’s land mass constitutes bays and coves, so you can imagine how peaceful and serene this little state is.

Seaside Weed

Based on a recent poll, 60% of Rhode Island residents support the legalization of recreational marijuana, which is interesting, given the fact that 16% of the population (1 in 6 people) regularly smoked the plant in 2016 (the highest percentage in the country). Back in 2017, lawmakers developed a plan to assess the impact of legal marijuana on the state system, and, this year, officials have taken the final steps to develop a game plan. In the meantime, medical marijuana is 100% legal, and Rhode Island has set up 5 medical cannabis dispensaries statewide.

Always remember that marijuana does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.