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 Connecticut
District of Columbia Guam Illinois
Maine Massachusetts Michigan
Montana Nevada New Jersey
New Mexico New York Oregon
South Dakota* Vermont Virginia


  • * South Dakota’s amendment is being legally challenged. Justices on the South Dakota Supreme Court will not decide on litigation seeking to invalidate Constitutional Amendment A until after July 1. That is the date the law was supposed to go into effect.