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. Alaska and Oregon will become the next states where recreational marijuana is legal after voters approved cannabis ballot measures set to become effective in 2015. District of Columbia voters also recently overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative legalizing recreational-purpose marijuana that will be subject to Congressional review. 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 Jan. 20, 2015.

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

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