Marijuana Laws By State

As of this writing, the majority of states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form. Some (currently, 9 states) now allow recreational use and possession. While the vast majority of states allow limited medical marijuana use including cannabis-infused remedies such as oils, other states have stricter laws that allow possession only for select and rare medical conditions. Some states have also decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

What States is Weed Legal in?

At the federal level, marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule I substances are thought to have a high potential for dependency and no accepted medical use. This makes distribution of marijuana a federal offense. However, the US Department of Justice announced in 2013 an update to its marijuana enforcement policy. Thus, states where marijuana is now legal (Colorado, Washington, California and others) are expected to create “strong, state-based enforcement efforts” – effectively taking the federal government out of the enforcement picture in those states.

The following is a list of state regulations regarding marijuana possession and use:

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Alabama state flag

Alabama

No broad legalization laws

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Alaska state flag

Alaska

Legalized for medical and recreational use

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Arizona state flag

Arizona

Medical use legalized

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Arkansas state flag

Arkansas

Medical use legalized

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California state flag

California

Legalized for medical and recreational use

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Colorado state flag

Colorado

Legalized for medical and recreational use

7

Connecticut state flag

Connecticut

Medical use legalized

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Delaware state flag

Delaware

Medical use legalized

9

Washington DC state flag

DC

Legalized for medical and recreational use

10

Florida state flag

Florida

Medical use legalized

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Georgia state flag

Georgia

No broad legalization laws

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Hawaii state flag

Hawaii

Medical use legalized

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Idaho state flag

Idaho

No broad legalization laws

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Illinois state flag

Illinois

Medical use legalized

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Indiana state flag

Indiana

No broad legalization laws

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Iowa state flag

Iowa

No broad legalization laws

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Kansas state flag

Kansas

No broad legalization laws

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Kentucky state flag

Kentucky

No broad legalization laws

19

Louisiana state flag

Louisiana

Medical use legalized but not in forms that can be smoked

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Maine state flag

Maine

Legalized for medical and recreational use

21

Maryland state flag

Maryland

Medical use legalized

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massachusetts state flag

Massachusetts:

Legalized for medical and recreational use

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Michigan state flag

Michigan

Medical use legalized

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Minnesota state flag

Minnesota

Medical use legalized

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Mississippi state flag

Mississippi

No broad legalization laws

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Missouri state flag

Missouri

No broad legalization laws

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Montana state flag

Montana

Medical use legalized

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Nebraska state flag

Nebraska

No broad legalization laws

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Nevada state flag

Nevada

Legalized for medical and recreational use

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New Hampshire state flag

New Hampshire

Medical use legalized

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New Jersey state flag

New Jersey

Medical use legalized

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New Mexico state flag

New Mexico

Medical use legalized

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New York state flag

New York

Medical use legalized

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North Carolina state flag

North Carolina

No broad legalization laws

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North Dakota state flag

North Dakota

Medical use legalized

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Ohio state flag

Ohio

Medical use legalized

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North Dakota state flag

Oklahoma

No broad legalization laws

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Oregon state flag

Oregon

Legalized for medical and recreational use

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Pennsylvania state flag

Pennsylvania

Medical use legalized

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Rhode Island state flag

Rhode Island

Medical use legalized

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South Carolina state flag

South Carolina

No broad legalization laws

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South Dakota state flag

South Dakota

No broad legalization laws

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Tennessee state flag

Tennessee

No broad legalization laws

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Texas state flag

Texas

No broad legalization laws

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Utah state flag

Utah

No broad legalization laws

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Vermont state flag

Vermont

Medical use legalized

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Virginia state flag

Virginia

No broad legalization laws

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Washington state flag

Washington

Legalized for medical and recreational use

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West Virginia state flag

West Virginia

Medical use legalized but only for cannabis-infused products

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Wisconsin state flag

Wisconsin

No broad legalization laws

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Wyoming state flag

Wyoming

No broad legalization laws

Currently, five additional states are expected to legalize recreational marijuana by 2020: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Check out our full list of country laws.



Shane Dwyer
Author: Shane Dwyer
Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn't afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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