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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 in 2016 and in 2017, the state legislature created a single regulatory system that governs the medical and adult-use marijuana industry. 


  • Colorado legalized recreational marijuana legalized in 2012. Notably the laws regulating marijuana are constantly changing.

District of Columbia

  • Recreational marijuana legalized.


  • Recreational marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts during 2016 trough ballot Question #4. The Chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission estimates that in 2019, 4-8 retail stores will open up every month

Image result for michigan flag   Michigan 

  • Recreational marijuana was legalized in Michigan during the 2018 election. 



  • Nevada voters passed a measure to legalize adult use marijuana in 2016. Adults are allowed to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and up to 1/8 of an ounce of concentrated marijuana.


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

Image result for vermont flag Vermont 

  • In January 2018, Vermont Governor signed a bill legalizing the possession and limited cultivation of cannabis by adults. The law became effective in June 2018.  


  • Washington integrated the medical marijuana market with the recreational marijuana market in June of 2016.

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