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Have you ever wondered what the weed laws concerning cannabis are in each state? How they’re similar? How are they differ?

In 1937 the United States of America’s federal government passed the Marihuana (how marijuana was originally spelled) Tax Act, proposed by Harry Angslinger, an agent for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics who felt strongly against the use, possession, and/or sale of marijuana. This act was later replaced by the Controlled Substance Act, which made the use of marijuana illegal across the United States. It wasn’t until 1996 that California became the first state to legalize the medical use of marijuana, despite the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) lack of sufficient research, testing, and the overall efficacy of marijuana use. Since then, the use of cannabis has become increasingly accepted, researched, and understood. We have compiled an alphabetical list regarding each state’s weed laws to determine what states are cannabis-friendly and those that are not.

Weed Laws by State

Alabama

  • Legal for recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2021)

Alaska

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2014)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 1998)

Arizona

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2020)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2010)

Arkansas

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2016)

California

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2016)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 1996)

Colorado

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2012)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2000)

Connecticut

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2021)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2012)

Delaware

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2011)

District of Columbia

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2015)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2011)

Florida

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2016)

Georgia

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2015)

Hawaii

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2000)

Idaho

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes?

Illinois

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2019)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2013)

Indiana

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✘

Iowa

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2017)

Kansas

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✘

Kentucky

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✘

Louisiana

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2015)

Maine

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2016)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 1999)

Maryland

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2013)

Massachusetts

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2016)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2012)

Michigan

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2018)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2008)

Minnesota

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2014)

Mississippi

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2021)

Missouri

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2018)

Montana

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2020)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2004)

Nebraska

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✘

Nevada

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2016)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 1998)

New Hampshire

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2013)

New Jersey

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2020)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2010)

New Mexico

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2021)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2007)

New York

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2021)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2014)

North Carolina

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✘

North Dakota

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2016)

Ohio

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2016)

Oklahoma

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2018)

Oregon

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2014)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 1998)

Pennsylvania

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2016)

Rhode Island

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2022)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2006)

South Carolina

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✘

South Dakota

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2020)

Tennessee

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✘

Texas

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✘

Utah

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2018)

Vermont

  • Virginia Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2020)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2004)

Washington

  • Legal recreation? ✓ (as of 2012)
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 1998)

West Virginia

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✓ (as of 2017)

Wisconsin

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✘

Wyoming

  • Legal recreation? ✘
  • Legal for medical purposes? ✘
US Weed Laws
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Weed Laws Conclusion

The United States has come a long way since the first legal introduction of cannabis to the people, with 39 states allowing cannabis use for medical purposes and recreational use in 18 states.

So if you and your fellow cannabis-loving friends or family are looking to travel out of state, use the list above as a reference to start planning your journey.

 

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