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After Election 2016, Find Out Where Marijuana Is Legal And To What Extent

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25: on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to ban storefront medical marijuana dispensaries and to order them to close or face legal action. The council also voted to instruct staff to draw up a separate ordinance for consideration in about three months that might allow dispensaries that existed before a 2007 moratorium on new dispensaries to continue to operate. It is estimated that Los Angeles has about one thousand such facilities. The ban does not prevent patients or cooperatives of two or three people to grow their own in small amounts. Californians voted to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996, clashing with federal drug laws. The state Supreme Court is expected to consider ruling on whether cities can regulate and ban dispensaries. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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Since it was originally outlawed in 1937, marijuana has never been more legal in the United States than it is today. More than a majority of states have some form of legalized marijuana, whether it’s for medical or recreational purposes. California was the first state to enter the fray, followed by Colorado, and a few other states. During the 2016 Election, four more states (Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and California) passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana.

Of course, the elephant in the room is that the use, possession, sale, and cultivation of cannabis is still illegal on a federal level. The good news, though, is that the federal government has stated that if a state wants to decriminalize weed for medical or recreational purposes, they can do so as long as there is some system of regulation in place. Whether or not that will change under President Trump’s administration is still yet to be seen, though.

Legalizing marijuana has some benefits, both medically and economically. Medically, it allows patients with various ailments to access a medicine that has significantly smaller negative side effects than other prescription drugs. Economically, it allows states to make millions of dollars in revenue through taxes.

Here are the states who have voted to legalize marijuana.

List of States With Legal Recreational Marijuana

Here is a list of states with legalized recreational marijuana, meaning that anyone over the age of 21 can walk into a dispensary and purchase bud for personal use.

Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Massachusetts, Washington


List of States With Legal Medical Marijuana

Here is a list of states with some form of medical marijuana, meaning that patients with varying levels of medical ailments can use marijuana for treatment purposes. Different states have different regulations, so you’ll need to do research to find out what each state allows.

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York


State By State Description of Marijuana Laws

We’ve detailed briefly the various marijuana laws state by state. If you want more details or information, we suggest you check out NORML’s website which is a great resource for marijuana information.

Alaska

Alaska legalized recreational marijuana on November 4, 2014 by passing Measure 2.

Possession: Legal
Sale:
 medical and recreational use
Transport: legal to carry up to 1 oz. (28 grams)
Cultivation: legal to grow up to 24 plants for an individual, or commercially with a license

Arizona

In November 2010, Arizona legalized medical marijuana. In order to qualify as a medical marijuana patient, you need to be prescribed by a medical marijuana doctor.

Sale: Medical use only
Transport: Medical use only
Cultivation: Medical use only

Arkansas

Voters chose to pass Issue 6, legalizing medical marijuana.

Possession: Medical use only
Sale: Medical use only, license up to 40 dispensary providers
Transport: Medical use only
Cultivation: Illegal, only eight marijuana cultivators will be licensed

California

California, the first state to legalize medical marijuana, just recently passed recreational marijuana.

Possession: Legal
Sale: Medical and Recreational Use
Transport: Legal to Carry 1 oz.
Cultivation: Legal to Grow 6 Plants

Colorado

Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Possession: Legal
Sale: Medical and Recreational Use
Transport: Legal to Carry 1 oz.
Cultivation: Legal to Grow 6 Plants

Connecticut

Possession of less than one half ounces by people 21 and over results in graduating scales of fines.

Possession: Decriminalized
Sale: Felony
Transport: Felony
Cultivation: Felony

Delaware

Possession: Decriminalized (civil infraction)
Sale: Medical Use Only
Transport: Medical Use Only
Cultivation: Medical Use Only

Florida

Possession: Misdemeanor (20 gram or less)
Sale: Felony
Transport: Misdemeanor (≤ 20 grams) or a felony (> 20 grams)
Cultivation: Felony

Hawaii

Possession: Medical use Only
Sale: Medical Use Only
Transport: Against Program Rules
Cultivation: Medical Use Only

Illinois

Possession: Decriminalized
Sale: Misdemeanor (legal for medical use)
Transport: Misdemeanor (legal for medical use)
Cultivation: Misdemeanor (legal for medical use)

Maine

During the 2016 Election, Maine voters passed Maine Question 1, a law legalizing recreational marijuana.

Possession: Legal
Sale: Legal
Transport: Legal
Cultivation: Legal

Maryland

Possession: Decriminalized (10g or less)
Sale: Medical Use Only
Transport: Medical Use Only
Cultivation: Medical Use Only

Massachussets

Legalization of recreational marijuana will begin on December 15, 2016. People will be allowed to possess one ounce of cannabis in public and 10 ounces of pot at home.

Possession: Legal
Sale: Legal
Transport: Legal
Cultivation: Legal

Michigan

Possession: Medical Use Only
Sale: Medical Use Only
Transport: Medical Use Only
Cultivation: Medical Use Only

Minnesota

Possession: Decriminalized
Sale: Medical Use Only
Transport: Medical Use Only
Cultivation: Illegal

Nevada

On Election Day 2016, voters in Nevada passed Question 2, allowing adults over 21 to possess, purchase, cultivate, and consume marijuana.

Possession: Legal
Sale: Legal
Transport: Legal
Cultivation: Legal

North Dakota

On Election Day 2016, voters voted in favor Measure 5, a law that legalized medical marijuana.

Possession: Medical Use Only
Sale: Medical Use Only
Transport: Medical Use Only
Cultivation: Medical Use Only

Oregon

Recreational marijuana is now legal in the state of Oregon. In fact, Portland has one of the finest (if not the finest) dispensaries in the nation: FarmaPDX.

Possession: Legal
Sale: Medical and Recreational Use
Transport: Legal transport of one ounce
Cultivation: 4 plants per household

Pennsylvania

Possession: Medical Use Only
Sale: Illegal
Transport: Illegal
Cultivation: Illegal

Washington

Washington is one of the most lenient states in the USA in regards to medical marijuana.

Possession: Legal
Sale: Medical and Recreational Use
Transport: Legal
Cultivation: Legal With Restrictions

Washington, DC

Possession: Legal
Sale: Medical Use Only
Transport: Legal to Carry 2 oz.
Cultivation: Legal to grow up to six plants for recreational purposes

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