An Update On Legalization In America: Marijuana Laws by State

Marijuana Laws by State

An Update On Legalization In America: Marijuana Laws by State

Years ago we would talk about marijuana legalization in the same hushed tones we spoke of monsters or the Easter Bunny. Part of us believed they could be real things, even when we knew better. But, we don’t live in the same world we did even 10 years ago. There are now four states – and the District of Columbia – in the U.S. where an adult can go and take a legal hit of recreational marijuana. There are another 19 that allow medical marijuana in some form and a handful that are considering legalizing recreational use this or next year.

Legalized Recreational

Colorado may have started a trend when it dove off the deep end and legalized marijuana. The results continue to surpass expectations, while many of the doomsday scenarios proposed by opponents never came to pass.

  • Alaska (2015)
  • Colorado (2012)
  • District of Columbia – D.C. (2015)
  • Oregon (2015)
  • Washington (2012)

Legalized Medical Marijuana

The following states have passed medical marijuana legislation (and the year it was passed).

  • Alaska (1998)
  •  Arizona (2010)
  •  California (1996)
  •  Colorado (2000)
  •  Connecticut (2012)
  •  District of Columbia – D.C. (2010)
  •  Delaware (2011)
  •  Hawaii (2000)
  •  Illinois (2013)
  •  Maine (1999)
  •  Maryland (2014)
  •  Massachusetts (2012)