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Marijuana laws by state

What types of laws have states passed related to marijuana?

Types of laws

Recreational: these states regulate the sale and use of small quantities of recreational marijuana. Individuals still face felony charges for growing or selling any amount.

Decriminalization: these states do not consider the possession of small amounts of marijuana (usually less than an ounce) to be a criminal offense, but may impose fines ranging from $100 to $1000.

Medical: these states allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to treat symptoms like chronic pain, nausea, or muscle spasms. Some states have passed laws that only permit the use of medical CBD (cannabis extracts low in THC, the psychoactive ingredient), to treat severe epilepsy.

The specific fines and penalties for possession are unique to each state. Remember that recreational marijuana is still considered illegal under federal law.

If you're facing charges related to marijuana, talk to a local criminal defense attorney.

Marijuana laws by state
RecreationalMedical
Alabama

no

yes (CBD-specific)

Alaska

yes

yes

Montana

no

yes

Nebraska

no

no

Hawaii

no

yes

Nevada

yes

yes

New Hampshire

no

yes

New Jersey

no

yes

Arkansas

no

yes

New Mexico

no

yes

New York

no

yes

North Carolina

no

yes (CBD-specific)

Maine

Approved pending recount

yes

North Dakota

no

yes

Ohio

no

no

Oklahoma

no

yes (CBD-specific)

Idaho

no

no

Oregon

yes

yes

Pennsylvania

no

yes

Rhode Island

no

yes

South Carolina

no

yes (CBD-specific)

California

yes

yes

South Dakota

no

no

Maryland

no

yes

Tennessee

no

yes (CBD-specific)

Texas

no

no

Utah

no

yes (CBD-specific)

Vermont

no

yes

Illinois

no

yes

Virginia

no

yes (CBD-specific)

Washington

yes

yes

Washington DC

yes

yes

West Virginia

no

no

Wisconsin

no

yes (CBD-specific)

Arizona

no

yes

Colorado

yes

yes

Wyoming

no

yes (CBD-specific)

Connecticut

no

yes

Delaware

no

yes

Florida

no

yes

Indiana

no

no

Georgia

no

yes (CBD-specific)

Iowa

no

yes (CBD-specific)

Kansas

no

no

Kentucky

no

yes (CBD-specific)

Massachusetts

yes

yes

Louisiana

no

no

Michigan

no

yes

Minnesota

no

yes

Mississippi

no

yes (CBD-specific)

Missouri

no

yes (CBD-specific)

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