State Marijuana Laws Map

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

Four states and the District of Columbia 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. Colorado and Washington previously passed similar ballot measures legalizing marijuana in 2012. Nevada could become the fifth state to legalize marijuana for recreational use when voters consider a ballot initiative later this year.

Most recently, Louisiana lawmakers amended the state's existing medical marijuana law, permitting doctors to recommend rather than prescribe medical marijuana, which runs counter to federal law. The law also expanded the list of eligible conditions for cannabis treatment. 

A number of states have also decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. 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. Others states (not shown on the map below) have passed laws allowing residents to possess cannabis oil if they suffer from certain medical illnesses. In April, Pennsylvania become the latest state to legalize medical marijuana.

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

Information below is current as of May 25, 2016.

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

Some states, such as Virginia, enacted laws decades ago allowing for the possession of marijuana if individuals received prescriptions from doctors. Federal law, however, prohibits doctors from prescribing marijuana, rendering those laws invalid. Doctors can only write a recommendation for medical marijuana, which is different than a prescription.

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