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Survey of Marijuana Law in the United States: Legalized Marijuana for Recreational Use

States and Districts with Legalized Marijuana for Recreational Use


  • In Alaska, adults 21 and older can transport, buy, or possess up to an ounce of marijuana and six plants.


  • California residents legalized marijuana through Proposition 64 in 2016.


  • Recreational marijuana legalized in 2012 in Colorado.

District of Columbia

  • Recreational marijuana legalized.


  • Recreational marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts during 2016 trough ballot Question #4.


  • Nevada passed a measure to legalize marijuana in 2016. Legislation will be passed during 2017.


  • In Oregon voters approved a measure allowing adults to posses up to an ounce of marijuana in public and 8 ounces in their homes.


  • Effective July 1, 2016 Cannabis Patient Protection Act integrates the medical market with the regulated market.

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