States Where Marijuana Is Legalized, Decriminalized or Medicalized

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We've come a long way since marijuana was first decriminalized in Oregon in 1973. Here's a state-by-state breakdown of laws pertaining to marijuana and psychedelic drugs. 


Marijuana Legalization

(24): AlaskaArizonaCalifornia, Colorado, Connecticut, DelawareIllinoisMaine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, MissouriMontanaNevadaNew Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode IslandVermont, VirginiaWashington (also Washington, DC)


Marijuana Decriminalization

(6): Hawaii, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota


Medical Marijuana Legalization

(38): Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, IllinoisKentucky, LouisianaMaine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,  Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North DakotaOhio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia (also, Washington, DC)


Medical Marijuana Legalization - CBD Oil Only

(10): Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming


Hemp Legalization

Hemp is now federally legal. Only two states in the country - Idaho and Mississippi - do not allow cultivation of hemp for commercial, research or pilot programs.


Delta-8 THC Prohibition

Derived from hemp, Delta-8 THC is illegal in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Washington.


Cities That Have Decriminalized or Depenalized Marijuana

(52): Allentown, PAAnn Arbor, MI; Athens, GAAthens, OHAtlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Bellaire, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OHCocoa Beach, FLColumbia, MO; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TXDayton, OH; Daytona Beach, FL; Denton, TXEau Claire, WI; Elgin, TXEl Paso, TX; Fremont, OH; Harker Heights, TXHarrisburg, PAKansas City, MO; Kenosha, WI; Killeee, TXLancaster, PA; Lawrence, KSLogan, OH; Miami, FLMilwaukee, WI; Monona, WI; Mount Pleasant, MI; New Orleans, LA; Newark, OH; Norwood, OH; New Orleans, LA; Oregon, OH; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Racine, WIRoseville, OH; Saginaw, MI; San Marcos, TX; Savannah, GA; State College, PA; Tampa, FLToledo, OH; Tucsaloosa, ALWichita, KSWindham, OH; York, PA


Cities That Have Made Marijuana Arrests the Lowest Depriority

(6): Eureka Springs, AR; Fayetteville, AR; Hailey; ID; Little Rock, AR; Louisville, KY; Tampa, FL


States That Have Decriminalized Entheogenic Plants (including Magic Mushrooms)

(3): ColoradoNew Jersey*, Oregon

*possessing an ounce or less of mushrooms is now a disorderly-persons offense 


Cities That Have Decriminalized Entheogenic Plants (including Magic Mushrooms)

(9): Ann Arbor, MI; Cambridge, MA; Denver, CO; Oakland, CA; San Francisco, CASanta Cruz, CA; Somerville, MA; Vancouver, BC; Washington, DC


States That Have Decriminalized All Drugs

(1): Oregon


Countries That Have Legalized Marijuana

(4): Canada, Malta, Thailand, Uruguay


Countries That Have Decriminalized All Drugs

(1): Portugal



Alabama: med

Alaska: rec, med

Arizona: rec, med

Arkansas: med

California: rec, med, 

Colorado: rec, med, psychedelics

Connecticut: rec, med

Delaware: rec, med

Florida: med

Georgia: CBD

Hawaii: decrim, med, hemp

Idaho: none

Illinois: rec, med

Indiana: CBD

Iowa: CBD

Kansas: CBD

Kentucky: med

Louisiana: med

Maine: rec, med

Maryland: rec, med

Massachusetts: rec, med

Michigan: rec, med

Minnesota: rec med

Mississippi: decrim, med

Missouri: rec, med

Montana: rec, med

Nebraska: decrim

Nevada: rec, med

New Hampshire: decrim, med

New Jersey: rec, med

New Mexico: rec, med

New York: rec med

North Carolina: decrim, CBD

North Dakota: decrim, med

Ohio: rec, med

Oklahoma: med

Oregon: rec, med, drug decrim, psychedelics

Pennsylvania: med

Rhode Island: rec, med

South Carolina: CBD

South Dakota: med

Tennessee: CBD

Texas: CBD

Utah: med

Vermont: rec, med

Virginia: rec, med

Washington: rec, med

West Virginia: med

Wisconsin: CBD

Wyoming: CBD

Washington, DC: rec, med

Legend: Rec = recreational or adult use; Med = medical 


For specific information about each state, go here. For a map, go here.


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.