Local Decriminalization

Campaigns to liberalize municipal marijuana possession penalties in states where cannabis remains criminalized have become increasingly popular in recent years.

Since 2012, nearly 100 localities, such as Milwaukee, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and St. Louis over a dozen states — including Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas — have enacted municipal laws or resolutions either fully or partially decriminalizing minor cannabis possession offenses. This total does not take into account citywide ordinances in jurisdictions that later moved to either decriminalize or legalize marijuana statewide.