Where Is Cannabis Legal?

(Elysse Feigenblatt/Leafly)

Updated 12/18/2018

Each year that goes by, there seems to be a shift in cannabis legalization across the states. With a rapidly growing market and even more politicians bowing to cannabis reform, it can get a bit confusing parsing out state and federal nuances when it comes to cannabis law.

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To make things a little easier, check out the guide below to see which states have legalized recreational and medical cannabis, which ones only allow medical, and which states are still fighting for their right to legalize.

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States With Legal Recreational & Medical Cannabis

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan*
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Washington D.C.

* Currently a cultivation exclusive state with retail/dispensary locations expected for the recreational market in 2019-20.

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States With Medical Cannabis Only

  • Alabama* (CBD only)
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas**
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia* (CBD only)
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana* (CBD only)
  • Iowa (CBD only)
  • Kentucky* (CBD only)
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi* (CBD only)
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina* (CBD only)
  • North Dakota**
  • Ohio**
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina* (CBD only)
  • Tennessee* (CBD only)
  • Texas (CBD only)
  • Utah
  • Virginia* (CBD only)
  • West Virginia**
  • Wisconsin* (CBD only)
  • Wyoming* (CBD only)

* State currently has regulations in place for qualifying patients to possess and consume cannabis, but no state-licensed dispensaries or other facilities have been made available to purchase product from.

** State has medical program pending in various stages: not yet accepting patient applications, no functional dispensaries available, etc. See provided links above for state-specific information.

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States Where Cannabis Is Illegal

  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
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