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Updated: 6/19/2020

This is the most up-to-date resource for finding where marijuana is legal state-by-state in the United States. You can even see which states marijuana is recreationally legal and where it’s still medically legal.

Marijuana Laws By State

The United States has quickly become an attractive global hotspot for marijuana. Medical marijuana use is now legal in 29 states, while recreational use is legal in 9, as well as Washington D.C.

The laws on marijuana use can vary from state to state- some have a limited-use policy on medical marijuana, meaning CBD and THC oils are available for certain medical conditions. Some have fully legalized marijuana for medical purposes and some for both recreational and medical purposes, although certain limits still apply.

Recreational and medical use states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington

Medical use states: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia

All of these conflicting laws and regulations can be confusing, so here’s a detailed breakdown of the marijuana laws of each state:


Medical use: Limited to CBD oil

Recreational use: Illegal

Alabama has a limited policy on medical marijuana use – medical marijuana patients are able to possess CBD oil up to 3% THC.

Possession of marijuana was Possession of any amount of marijuana for personal use is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in prison or a $6,000 fine.

There have been efforts to reduce the punishments for marijuana use in Alabama, but these have seen resistance. With no efforts to legalize weed, Alabama may be a long way off being a free use state.


Medical use: Legal

Recreational use: Legal

Marijuana is legal in Alaska both for medical and recreational use. Providing you are 21 or over, you are able to possess and use weed in Alaska. Be aware that public consumption is still punishable by a fine of up to $100, so if you light up, do it on your own private property.

Alaska residents are also able to possess and grow up to six marijuana plants- providing only three are mature and flowering at any given time.

Alaska has become a popular choice for weed tourists, boasting a tax revenue of over $1 million from marijuana sales last year. Various recreational stores are open to the public and you can expect to purchase a gram from around $20 on average.


Medical use: Legal

Recreational use: Illegal

Medical marijuana use is legal and thriving in Arizona with over 100 dispensaries open. You must be an Arizona resident with a medical marijuana card in order to purchase.

Possession of up to 2 lbs for non-medical use is still a Class 6 felony, punishable by up to 1.5 years incarceration and fines of up to $150,000.

There are various government initiatives and petitions to legalize marijuana in Arizona. Despite falling short the past few years, there are still active ongoing efforts meaning recreational use in the near future has a high possibility.


Medical use: Legal

Recreational use: Illegal

Despite medical marijuana being legalized in Arkansas in 2016, the state has undergone huge difficulties in approving and opening dispensaries.

The government has put dispensary review on hold, meaning that patients may have to wait a while before being able to purchase medical marijuana.

Possession of up to 4 oz. of marijuana without a medical card is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year incarceration or $2,500 fine. Possession of drug paraphernalia is also illegal, and if you are caught with growing equipment you could face up to six years in prison.


Medical use: Legal

Recreational use: Legal

California has become one of the most progressive states for marijuana laws. Medical marijuana use was legalized in 1996, and recreational use more recently in 2016. Recreational marijuana stores opened in January of 2018 and weed is now widely available in California to adults 21 or over. You are also able to grow and cultivate up to six plants in California.

The cannabis market in California is expected to reach over $5 billion by 2019, making it an attractive location for anyone looking to open a store.

Providing you are 21 or over, you are able to possess up to 28.5 grams of cannabis or up to 8 grams of concentrated cannabis.


Medical use: Legal

Recreational use: Legal

The very first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use has benefited largely. Colorado’s $105 million in tax revenue from marijuana sales is now being used to help the homeless, fight drug addiction, and aid mental health programs.

Anyone who is 21 or over is able to purchase up to 1 ounce of marijuana from one of the many retail marijuana stores


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