Closer look at legalized recreational pot use

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People 21 and older can now legally possess recreational marijuana in Alaska, Colorado, D.C. and Washington.

All places prohibit public consumption of marijuana, but the laws differ on buying, selling, growing, testing and taxes.

Possession: For adults 21 and older, up to 1 ounce

Grow: Up to six plants per adult 21 and older allowed in home for personal use. Can give up to 1 ounce to other adults 21 and older.

Sell: No system of recreational retail sales yet; expected late 2015 or early 2016

Testing: Rules not yet developed. Industry will be regulated by the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Taxes: None yet.

Possession: Adults 21 and older, up to 1 ounce

Grow: Up to six plants for personal use. Can gift up to 1 ounce to other adults 21 and older.

Sell: Network of state-regulated but privately owned stores. Stores opened Jan. 1, 2014.

Buy: For residents 21 and older, up to 1 ounce at a time. Non-residents 21 and older may buy only 1/4 ounce at a time.

Testing: Mandatory potency testing for all products sold in stores.

Taxes: High at both wholesale and retail level, generating more than $70 million last year.

Possession: For adults 21 and older, up to 2 ounces.

Grow: Up to six plants per adult 21 and older allowed in home for personal use; 12 plants total per household. Can give an ounce to another person 21 and older.

Sell: Sales prohibited.

Buy: Buying prohibited.

Testing: No testing.

Taxes: No tax revenue because there’s no system for selling marijuana.

Possession: For adults 21 and older, up to 1 ounce

Grow: No personal plants allowed.

Sell: Small number of state-regulated stores, which began opening July 8, 2014. Stores allowed only one sign.

Buy: Tourists and residents 21 and older can buy up to 1 ounce at a time.

Testing: Mandatory potency, contaminant testing

Taxes: State levies 25% excise tax at each sale: grower to processor, processor to retailer, retailer to customer.

Source: NORML; USA TODAY research

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