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States that Legalized Weed in the United States

by Maria S.

States that Legalized Weed, Legal Weed States USA

Marijuana Laws in the US

The subject of legalizing marijuana has been a hot button issue in the past decades, with supporters and objectors getting into public feuds over the matter. Legalizing weed has great reputations not only from a legal standing point but also a financial and social significance.

The matter got to the highest levels in the US, and several states in the union have legalized weed and made it possible for people to purchase marijuana legally. However, the subject of legalization is far from over, and now you can learn more about weed laws and policies in the US that can affect the lives of millions.

States that Legalized Weed

Marijuana legalization in the US

Under US federal laws and the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, it is illegal to possess cannabis in any way, as it is classified as a Schedule I substance (has a high potential for abuse and no medical use). However, state laws regarding the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana vary a great deal from one state to the next. This means that while cannabis is illegal from a federal standing point, it is not prohibited on a state level.

In states where a doctor's recommendation is to use cannabis for medicinal purposes, people can purchase weed in its various forms without being considered as breaking the law. 33 states have made it legal to use medical marijuana (and also Puerto Rico, Guam, and District of Columbia).

An additional 14 states have legalized the medical use of marijuana, but with a limited amount of THC. These 14 states have also allowed the use of items that are rich in CBD - a non-psychoactive component of cannabis.

Aside from the medical use of marijuana, 10 states have legalized it for recreational purposes. An additional 13 states have decriminalized the act of commercial distribution of cannabis in all jurisdictions where it is legalized.

Legal Weed States USA

Marijuana Legality in US States

State

Recreational

Medical

Transportation

Cultivation

 

 Alabama

felony

non-psychoactive CBD oil

not clearly stated

illegal

 

(1st-offense possession is a misdemeanor)

 

 Alaska

legal

legal

up to 1 oz. (28 grams)[9]

12 plants in a household with two adults 21+,[10] or no limit with commercial license

 
 

 Arizona

Illegal

legal

medical use only

medical use only

 
 

 Arkansas

Illegal

legal

medical use only

 

 
 

 California

legal

legal

up to 1oz. (28 grams)

six plants, or commercially licensed

 
 
 
 

 Colorado

legal

legal

up to 1 oz. (28 grams)

six plants, or commercially licensed[18]

 
 

 Connecticut

decriminalized

legal

felony (legal for medical use)

felony

 
 

 Delaware

decriminalized (civil infraction)

legal

medical use only

medical use only

 
 

 Florida

illegal

legal

medical use only

medical use only

 
 

 Georgia

illegal; decriminalized in Atlanta[25] and Savannah

CBD oil less than 5% THC

medical use only

illegal

 
 

 marijuana

State

Recreational

Medical

Transportation

Cultivation

 

 Hawaii

illegal

legal

against program rules.

medical use only

 
 

 Idaho

misdemeanor (85 grams/3 oz. or less)

illegal

not clearly stated

felony

 
 

 Illinois

decriminalized (civil infraction)

legal

legal for medical use

misdemeanor (legal for medical use)

 
 
 
 

 Indiana

misdemeanor up to 6 months, $1000 fine

CBD oil less than 0.3% THC, legal for any use

not clearly stated

illegal

 
 

 Iowa

illegal

cannabis oil less than 3% THC

not clearly stated

felony

 
 

 Kansas

misdemeanor

CBD oil containing 0% THC, legal for any use

not clearly stated

illegal

 
 
 

 Kentucky

misdemeanor (less than 8 oz (230 g))

CBD oil

not clearly stated

misdemeanor (less than 5 plants)

 
 

 Louisiana

illegal

legal

medical use only

illegal

 
 
 

 Maine

legal

legal

legal to carry up to 2.5oz. (71 grams)

up to six plants, or commercially licensed

 
 
 
 
 
 

 Maryland

decriminalized (10g or less)

legal

medical use only

medical use only

 
 

 weed

State

Recreational

Medical

Transportation

Cultivation

 

 Massachusetts

legal

legal

up to 1 oz. (28 grams)

1 oz of marijuana outside the home, 10 oz inside the home, up to six plants.

 
 
 
 

 Michigan

legal

legal

medical and recreational

2.5 oz of marijuana outside the home, allows 10 oz and up to 12 plants per household

 
 
 

 Minnesota

decriminalized

legal

medical use only

illegal

 
 
 

 Mississippi

decriminalized (first offense; 30 grams or less)

CBD oil

not clearly stated

illegal

 
 
 

 Missouri

decriminalized

legal

not clearly stated

legal for medical use

 
 
 
 

 Montana

illegal

legal

medical use only

medical use only

 
 

 Nebraska

decriminalized (first offense only)

illegal

not clearly stated

illegal

 
 

 Nevada

legal

legal

medical and recreational use

(adults over 21) 6 plants per household

 
 
 

 New Hampshire

Decriminalized (up to three-quarters of an ounce)

legal

medical use only

medical use only

 
 

 New Jersey

illegal

legal

medical use only

illegal

 
 

 cannabis

State

Recreational

Medical

Transportation

Cultivation

 

 New Mexico

illegal; decriminalized in Albuquerque.[64]

legal

medical use only

medical use only

 
 

 New York

decriminalized (unless open to public view[67])

legal

medical use only

misdemeanor

 
 

 North Carolina

decriminalized (.5 oz or less)

CBD oil

illegal

illegal

 
 
 

  North Dakota

illegal

legal

medical use only

 

 
 

 Ohio

decriminalized (civil infraction)

legal

not clearly stated

illegal

 
 

 Oklahoma

illegal

legal

not clearly stated

legal with a medicinal license

 
 
 
 

 Oregon

legal

legal

up to 1 oz., more for licensed cultivators

(adults 21+) 4 plants per household

 
 

 Pennsylvania

illegal

legal

illegal

illegal

 
 

 Rhode Island

decriminalized (civil violation)

legal

medical use only

medical use only

 
 

 South Carolina

misdemeanor[84]

cannabis oil less than 0.9% THC

CBD oil

illegal

 
 

 legalizing marijuana

State

Recreational

Medical

Transportation

Cultivation

 

 South Dakota

misdemeanor

illegal

not clearly stated

illegal

 
 

 Tennessee

misdemeanor (less than 1/2 ounce; first or second offense only).

cannabis oil less than 0.9% THC

CBD oil

misdemeanor: 9 plants or less; felony: 10+ plants

 
 

 Texas

Illegal. "Cite and Release" in Houston, Dallas, and Austin residents of Travis County

CBD oil

not clearly stated

illegal

 
 

 Utah

misdemeanor

legal

not clearly stated

illegal

 
 
 

 Vermont

legal (up to one ounce, no commercial sales)

legal (medical sales allowed)

legal

two mature plants, four immature

 
 
 

 Virginia

misdemeanor

cannabis oil less than 5% THC

not clearly stated

illegal

 
 

 Washington

legal

legal

legal

legal with restrictions and licensing

 
 

 West Virginia

misdemeanor

legal

not clearly stated

illegal

 
 

 Wisconsin

misdemeanor on first offense, a felony on subsequent offenses[110]

CBD oil

qualified patients may have 12 plants and three oz of leaves or flowers. [109]

felony

 
 

 Wyoming

misdemeanor

CBD oil

not clearly stated

illegal

 
 

The legality of marijuana in the US is a federal and state issue that varies from one place to the other. To find out if weed is legal in your area of residence, you must find out the legal status of cannabis, and you can avoid a lot of trouble by doing so.


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