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America’s 2016 Cannabis Laws and Legalization State Map

November 9, 2016

At the 2016 election, cannabis won big. And while the state victories may have been a secondary story after the biggest Presidential upset in American history, they still came as a magnificent surprise to those in the cannabis industry.

Five states considered adult-use legalization, and four voted on medical cannabis. All but one—Arizona—approved those measures. (For the full story on the final polls, see Leafly’s election night news coverage and wrap-up.)

These states are the latest to approve regulated legalization: California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Maine. These are the latest states with legal medical marijuana: Florida, Arkansas, Montana, and North Dakota. Together, those states represent a total population of 75 million people. You can start to learn more about what cannabis legalization means in these states here on Leafly:

With the latest raft of legalization efforts, one in five Americans now live in a state where cannabis is legal for adults 21 and older. 

In the United States, 29 states have embraced medical cannabis legalization. Eight states and the District of Columbia have enshrined regulated legalization for all adults 21 and older into law.

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  • Martolt

    About time. Prohibition has ruined far more lives than imbibing ever did. Our first independent president not beholden to Goldman-Sachs in quite awhile, and legal MJ. What’s not to like?

  • gayle

    i live in state thats still illegal ive heard abount mail order marijuna for sale on line were can i find this sevice that will deliver without stealing my money and no police stings can i get some recomemdations from others who have used this type service and where can i find worldwide delivery that will send me good quilality strains and realy mail to me thanks would like feed back

  • Joseph Vasquez

    What does this mean as far as job wise and work for cannabis?

  • KMichelle

    I think we ALL! may be pleasantly surprised by President Trump in the next four years when it comes to federally legalizing cannabis. My prediction is when most states begin to gain from the cannabis industry with a stronger economy, higher revenues and job employment, which is a main goal in his future plan, President Trump may be behind our Cannabis nation more than people may give him credit for. And like we all witnessed in this incredible election, don’ t under estimate Trump!

    • Greg

      You would nor agree so fast if you knew he is doing this so Big Pharma and others can take it away from us.

  • Kimberly Collins

    As most have read, Texas will be opening it first Medical Marijuana Facility in a few weeks. This is a awesome break through. There are restricted limitations at time. I can foresee an expansion in the next few years.( PTSD, Mental Disorders, Pain Management) This will be a welcomed and healthy alternative for the liberal minded. Conservatives need to take a careful look at this option for healing people. It is about the well-being of the people, right? Currently, working on a book to expand and educate people who are still sitting on the fence! Peace.

  • Greg

    This page needs an update bad. It’s almost two years old and a lot has changed.