All The States Where Weed Is Legal

Photographed by Rachel Cabitt.
As of now, 10 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. An additional 20 states — along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam — allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes.
Weed, of course, remains illegal at the federal level. And even though there's been a push from some members of Congress that could lead to its legalization, there's significant opposition from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. However, it's important to note that President Donald Trump doesn't seem to be interested in launching yet another war on pot.
Advertisement
Maybe it's because support for marijuana legalization is at a record high. According to a survey published by the Pew Research Center in January, about 61% of Americans think weed should be legalized. That support has translated to many changes in policy. For example, starting this July people will be able to use cannabis for recreational purposes in Vermont. That same month, Massachusetts will open its first retail marijuana stores.
It might be a while before the U.S. joins the growing list of countries that have either legalized or decriminalized cannabis. In the meantime, let's take a look at the states that have legalized marijuana in some form.
Read these stories next:
Refinery29 in no way encourages illegal activity and would like to remind its readers that marijuana usage continues to be an offense under federal law, regardless of state marijuana laws.
1 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Alaska

Medical: Legalized in 1998.

Recreational: Legalized in 2014.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Alaska bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients can own up to one ounce of marijuana and six plants, with a maximum of three mature plants at the same time. The same restrictions apply for those who use cannabis recreationally.
2 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Arkansas

Medical: Legalized in 2016.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Arkansas bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed up to two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana in a two-week period.
Advertisement
3 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Arizona

Medical: Legalized in 2011.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 18 or older can legally possess weed. Arizona bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed up to two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana and 12 plants.
4 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
California

Medical: Legalized in 1996.

Recreational: Legalized in 2016.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. California bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients can own up to eight ounces, depending on their medical condition, and up to six plants. For recreational use, people are allowed to own up to one ounce of marijuana, eight grams of concentrate, and six plants.
5 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Colorado

Medical: Legalized in 2001.

Recreational: Legalized in 2012.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Colorado bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients can own up to two ounces of marijuana and six plants, with a maximum of three mature plants at the same time.

For recreational use, people are allowed to own up to one ounce of weed and the same medical restrictions apply for cultivation.
6 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Connecticut

Medical: Legalized in 2012.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Connecticut bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed up to two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana.
7 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Delaware

Medical: Legalized in 2011.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Delaware bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed up to six ounces of marijuana.
Advertisement
8 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
District of Columbia

Medical: Legalized in 1998.

Recreational: Legalized in 2014.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. D.C. bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients can own up to two ounces of marijuana and six plants, with a maximum of three mature plants at the same time. The same restrictions apply for those who use cannabis recreationally.
9 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Florida

Medical: Legalized in 2016.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Florida bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed to own a 210-day supply of cannabis products that are not smokable.
10 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Hawaii

Medical: Legalized in 2000.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Hawaii bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed up to four ounces of marijuana and seven plants.
11 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Illinois

Medical: Legalized in 2013.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Illinois bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed up to two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana in a two-week period.
12 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Louisiana

Medical: Legalized in 2016.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Louisiana bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are only allowed to own a 30-day supply of cannabis products that are not smokable.
Advertisement
13 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Maine

Medical: Legalized in 1999.

Recreational: Legalized in 2016.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Maine bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients can own up to two and a half ounces of marijuana, five grams of concentrate, and six plants. The same restrictions apply for those who use cannabis for recreational use.
14 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Maryland

Medical: Legalized in 2014.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Maryland bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed to own a 30-day supply of cannabis products that are not smokable or edible.
15 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Massachusetts

Medical: Legalized in 2013.

Recreational: Legalized in 2016.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Massachusetts bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients can own up to ten ounces per every two months and six plants. For recreational use, people are allowed to own up to one ounce of marijuana, five grams of concentrate, and six plants.
16 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Michigan

Medical: Legalized in 2008.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Michigan bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed up to two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana and 12 plants.
17 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Minnesota

Medical: Legalized in 2014.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Minnesota bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed to own a 30-day supply of cannabis products that are not smokable.
Advertisement
18 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Montana

Medical: Legalized in 2004.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Montana bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed up to one ounce of marijuana and four plants.
19 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
New Hampshire

Medical: Legalized in 2013.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. New Hampshire bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed up to two ounces of marijuana.
20 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Nevada

Medical: Legalized in 2001.

Recreational: Legalized in 2016.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Nevada bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients can own up to two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana and 12 mature plants. For recreational use, people are allowed to own up to one ounce of marijuana, three-and-a-half grams of concentrate, and six plants.
21 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
New Jersey

Medical: Legalized in 2010.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. New Jersey bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed up to two ounces of marijuana monthly.
22 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
New Mexico

Medical: Legalized in 2007.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. New Mexico bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed up to eight ounces of marijuana over a period of 90 days and 16 plants, with a maximum of four mature plants at the same time.
Advertisement
23 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
New York

Medical: Legalized in 2014.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. New York bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed to own a 30-day supply of cannabis products that are not smokable.
24 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
North Dakota

Medical: Legalized in 2016.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. North Dakota bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed up to three ounces of marijuana and two grams of concentrate in a 30-day period.
25 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Ohio

Medical: Legalized in 2016.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Ohio bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Every 90 days patients can own up to eight ounces of tier I medical cannabis (below 23% THC), 5.3 ounces of tier II medical cannabis (above 23% THC but less than 35%), topical forms totaling less than 26.55 grams of THC, 9.9 grams of THC in edible forms, and 53.1 grams of THC in oil for vaporization.
26 of 31
by Abbie Winters.
Oregon

Medical: Legalized in 1998.

Recreational: Legalized in 2014.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Oregon bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients can own up to 24 ounces of marijuana, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles, 72 ounces in liquid form, five grams of concentrates, and four plants. For recreational use, people are allowed to own up to one ounce of marijuana in public and eight ounces in private along with the same edibles, concentrates, and cultivation restrictions in place for the use of medical marijuana.
27 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Pennsylvania

Medical: Legalized in 2016.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Pennsylvania bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are only allowed to own a 30-day supply of cannabis products that are not smokable.
Advertisement
28 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Rhode Island

Medical: Legalized in 2006.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Rhode Island bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed to own up to two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana and 12 plants.
29 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Vermont

Medical: Legalized in 2004.

Recreational: Legalized in 2018.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Vermont bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients can own up to two ounces of marijuana and nine plants, with a maximum of two mature plants at the same time. For recreational use, which becomes legal in July, people will be allowed to own up to one ounce of marijuana and four plants, with a maximum of two mature plants at the same time.
30 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Washington

Medical: Legalized in 1998.

Recreational: Legalized in 2012.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. Washington bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients can own up to three ounces of marijuana, 48 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles, 216 ounces in liquid form, and 21 grams of concentrate. They're allowed to cultivate up to six plants if they join the voluntary state database. Otherwise, they can cultivate up to four plants.

For recreational use, people are allowed to own up to one ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles, 72 ounces in liquid form, and seven grams of concentrate.
31 of 31
illustrated by Abbie Winters.
West Virginia

Medical: Legalized in 2016.

Recreational: Illegal.

How it works: Only those who are 21 or older can legally possess weed. West Virginia bans all use of pot in public spaces.

Patients are allowed to own a 30-day supply of cannabis products that are not smokable or edible.
Advertisement

More from US News

Watch

R29 Original Series