Legalization

The following states and territories 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.

States/Territories with Legalized Marijuana

Alaska Arizona California
CNMI Colorado District of Columbia
Guam Illinois Maine
Massachusetts Michigan Montana
Nevada New Jersey New Mexico
New York Oregon South Dakota*
Vermont Virginia** Washington

 

  • † New Mexico’s law takes effect on June 29, 2021.
  • * South Dakota’s amendment is being legally challenged. If affirmed by the state Supreme Court, the law will take effect on July 1, 2021.
  • ** Virginia’s personal possession provisions take effect on July 1, 2021.