We are constantly seeing headlines announcing the next state to legalize marijuana. But it is a bit more complicated than legal, or illegal. There are many rules and regulations among states that have made it “legal.”
Some states have legalized medical marijuana, but only a select few have legalized recreational marijuana. In some states it is illegal to sell it, or have dispensaries. And as well all know, it is still federally illegal, and classified as a Schedule I substance. Because this is so confusing, we have come to clarify things, and tell you exactly where it is legal.
Where is Recreational Marijuana Legal?
Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, and Washington D.C. have all legalized recreational use of marijuana. However, there is one catch; it is still illegal to buy it in Washington D.C.
Where is Medical Marijuana Legal?
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
What Other States Are Considering or Have Considered Legalization?
Nearly all of them have at least brought it up, however there are three states to keep your eye out for when considering the legalization of recreational: Connecticut, Hawaii, and Michigan.
Marijuana could also be legalized for medical use in Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Tennessee.
What About Federally?
Federally, cannabis consumption or distribution is illegal, and it is classified as a Schedule I drug. However, there has been talk in many states, as well as at the Federal level of decriminalizing it. There has also been a great deal of talk about transitioning its classification as a Schedule I, to a Schedule II substance as more and more medical research is conducted.
If you are more visual, you can also take a look at this map, to see which states have legalized marijuana.