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

(18): AlaskaArizonaCalifornia, Colorado, ConnecticutIllinoisMaine, Massachusetts, Michigan, MontanaNevadaNew Jersey, New Mexico, New YorkOregonVermont, VirginiaWashington (also Washington, DC)


Marijuana Decriminalization

(12): Delaware, Maryland, Hawaii, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island


Medical Marijuana Legalization

(37): Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, 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, Kentucky, 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.


Cities That Have Legalized Marijuana

(6): Breckenridge, CO; Denver, CO; Madison, WIPortland, MESouth Portland, ME; St. LouisWashington, DC


Cities That Have Decriminalized or Depenalized Marijuana

(56): Albuquerque, NM; Allentown, PAAnn Arbor, MIAthens, OHAtlanta, GA; Austin, TXBellaire, OH; Berkeley, CA; Berkley, MI; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH;  Cocoa Beach, FLColumbia, MO;  Dayton, OH; Daytona Beach, FL; Detroit, MI; East Lansing, MI; Eau Claire, WI; Ferndale, MI; Flint, MI; Fremont, OH; Grand Rapids, MI; Houston, TX; Huntington Woods, MI; Jackson, MI; Jersey City, NJ; Kansas City, MO; Keego Harbor, MILancaster, PALogan, OH; Miami, FL; Milwaukee, WI; Monona, WI; Mount Pleasant, MI; New Orleans, LA; Newark, OH; Norfolk, VA; Norwood, OH;  New York, NY; Oregon, OH; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PAPleasant Ridge, MI; Portage, MI; Port Huron, MI; Roseville, OH; Saginaw, MI; State College, PA; Santa Fe, NM; St. Louis, MOTampa, FLToledo, OHWichita, KSWindham, OH; York, PA


Cities That Have Made Marijuana Arrests the Lowest Depriority

(12): Eureka Springs, AR; Fayetteville, AR; Hailey; ID; Kalamazoo, MI; Oakland, CA; San Francsico, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Cruz, CA; Santa Monica, CA; Seattle, WA; Tacoma, WA; Tampa, FL; West Hollywood, CA


States That Have Decriminalized Entheogenic Plants (including Magic Mushrooms)

(1): Oregon, New Jersey*

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


Cities That Have Decriminalized Entheogenic Plants (including Magic Mushrooms)

(8): Ann Arbor, MI; Cambridge, MA; Denver, CO; Oakland, CA; Santa Cruz, CA; Somerville, MA; Vancouver, BC; Washington, DC


States That Have Decriminalized All Drugs

(1): Oregon


Countries That Have Legalized Marijuana

(3): Canada, Malta, Uruguay


Countries That Have Decriminalized All Drugs

(1): Portugal



Alabama: med, hemp

Alaska: rec, med, hemp

Arizona: rec, med, hemp

Arkansas: med, hemp

California: rec, med, hemp

Colorado: rec, med, hemp

Connecticut: rec, med, hemp

Delaware: med, hemp

Florida: med, hemp

Georgia: CBD

Hawaii: med, hemp

Idaho: none

Illinois: rec, med, hemp

Indiana: CBD, hemp

Iowa: CBD

Kansas: hemp

Kentucky: CBD, hemp

Louisiana: med

Maine: rec, med, hemp

Massachusetts: rec, med, hemp

Michigan: rec, med, hemp

Minnesota: med, hemp

Mississippi: decrim, med

Missouri: decrim, med, hemp

Montana: rec, med, hemp

Nebraska: decrim, hemp

Nevada: rec, med, hemp

New Hampshire: decrim, med, hemp

New Jersey: rec, med, hemp

New Mexico: rec, med, hemp

New York: rec med, hemp

North Carolina: CBD, hemp

North Dakota: decrim, med, hemp

Ohio: decrim, med

Oklahoma: med, hemp

Oregon: rec, med, hemp, mushrooms, drug decrim

Pennsylvania: med, hemp

Rhode Island: med, hemp

South Carolina: CBD, hemp

South Dakota: rec, med

Tennessee: CBD, hemp

Texas: CBD, hemp

Utah: med, hemp

Vermont: rec, med, hemp

Virginia: rec, med, hemp

Washington: rec, med, hemp

West Virginia: med, hemp

Wisconsin: CBD, hemp

Wyoming: CBD, hemp

Washington, DC: rec, med

Legend: Rec = recreational, 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.