State Marijuana Laws Map

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form.

Four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. In Alaska, adults 21 and older can now transport, buy or possess up to an ounce of marijuana and six plants. Oregon voters approved a similar measure allowing adults to posses up to an ounce of marijuana in public and 8 ounces in their homes, set to take effect July 1. Officials in the District of Columbia are also moving ahead with plans to implement a marijuana initiative approved by voters. 

Colorado and Washington previously passed similar ballot measures legalizing marijuana in 2012.

Other states have passed medical marijuana laws allowing for limited use of cannabis. Some medical marijuana laws are broader than others, with types of medical conditions that allow for treatment varying from state to state.

In some states, criminal penalties have been eliminated for small amounts of marijuana.

The map below show states legalizing marijuana use for medical and recreational purposes.

Information below is current as of Feb. 24, 2015.

Marijuana Legalization Status
Medical marijuana legalized
Marijuana legalized for recreational use
No laws legalizing marijuana

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