The following states have passed laws allowing for the personal possession and consumption of cannabis by adults. Generally this means a policy that supports a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers can buy marijuana for personal use from a safe legal source.
SUMMARY: Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, which legalizes the adult personal use of cannabis and calls on state lawmakers to enact regulations licensing its commercial production and sales. Private possession of up to one ounce is no penalty. Private cultivation of up to six marijuana plants, with no more than three being mature is no penalty. Transfer of one ounce or less for no remuneration is no penalty. The law took effect on December 10, 2012.
SUMMARY: Fifty-six percent of voters approved Initiative 502, permitting an adult to possess up to one-ounce of cannabis (and/or up to 16 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, and 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form) for their own personal use in private. The public consumption of marijuana is subject to a civil violation and fine. The law took effect on December 6, 2012.