US states where weed is legal for recreational use

Published Sep 19, 2019 09:00 a.m. ET
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What is recreational marijuana?

Recreational marijuana is a title given to hundreds of the more potent cannabis strains that are most frequently enjoyed and used for recreational purposes.

How to find a recreational dispensary

If you are looking for legal weed while abroad, the idea of learning how to find a recreational dispensary might be nerve-racking, especially if you reside in a state or region where the consumption of marijuana products is still illegal. Luckily, no matter where you are in the world, there are a couple of global databases including the one right here on Cannabis.wiki that can help you to find the nearest location, and provide you with a rundown of in-stock items, so that you can plan your purchase before arriving.

States where weed is legal

Though recreational cannabis consumption, to this day, is still a relatively taboo subject, a shift in societies opinions is evidence with some of the latest changes to laws surrounding consumption and growing for recreational purposes. Federal marijuana legalization is quickly gaining speed as it travels all around the world, beginning with Canada.

America has yet to introduce federal marijuana legalization, which has barred growers from shipping out of region, but there are quite a few states that are 420 friendly. So, whether you are looking for the best getaway for a vacation, or considering moving to a new state, or just a curious cannabis consumer, you might want to bookmark this list, as it is always important to research local laws and regulations to avoid trouble.

Here you will find the bare basic facts that matter to most consumers including where it is legal, how much you can have on you while travelling, and how many plants are allowed per household or adult on a state by state basis.

1. Alaska
Personal possession: 1 ounce
Cultivation: 12 plants per household with two adults over the age of 21

2. California
Personal possession: 1 ounce
Cultivation: 6 plants per household

3. Colorado
Personal possession: 1 ounce
Cultivation: 6 plants per household

4. Illinois (after January 1, 2020)
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: N/A

5. Maine
Personal possession: 2 ½ ounces
Cultivation: 3 mature plants or 12 immature plants per household

6. Massachusetts
Personal possession: 1 ounce (in public) 10 ounces (at home)
Cultivation: 6 plants per household

7. Michigan
Personal possession: 2 ½ ounces (in public) 10 ounces (at home)
Cultivation: 12 plants per household

8. Nevada
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: 6 plants per household

9. Oregon
Personal possession: 1 ounce
Cultivation: 4 plants per household

10. Vermont
Personal possession:
Cultivation: 2 mature plants or 4 immature plants per household

11. Washington
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Legal with license

States where recreational marijuana is decriminalized or labelled a misdemeanor

These regions are also excellent hot spots for cannabis enthusiasts as they often do have laws against recreational marijuana, but the punishment for partaking is nearly non-existent, making them all places where it should be easy for stoners to feel right at home.

1. Alabama
Status: Decriminalized
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal

2. Connecticut
Status: Decriminalized
Personal possession: Legal for medical purposes
Cultivation: Felony

3. Delaware
Status: Decriminalized
Personal possession: Legal for medical purposes
Cultivation: Legal for medical purposes

4. Hawaii (January 11, 2020)
Status: Illegal
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal

5. Illinois
Status: Decriminalized
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal

6. Indiana
Status: Misdemeanor
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal

7. Iowa
Status: Illegal
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Felony

8. Kansas
Status: misdemeanor
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal

9. Kentucky
Status: Misdemeanor
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Misdemeanor

10. Minnesota
Status: Decriminalized
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal

11. Missouri
Status: Decriminalized
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal
12. Nebraska
Status: Decriminalized (Only first offence)
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal
13. New Hampshire
Status: Decriminalized
Personal possession: ¾ ounce
Cultivation: Illegal
14. New Mexico
Status: Decriminalized
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: N/A
15. New York
Status: Decriminalized
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Misdemeanor
16. North Carolina
Status: Decriminalized
Personal possession: ½ ounce
Cultivation: Illegal

17. North Dakota
Status: Decriminalized
Personal possession: ½ ounce
Cultivation: Illegal

18. Ohio
Status: Decriminalized
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal

19. Rhode Island
Status: Decriminalized
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal

20. South Carolina
Status: Misdemeanor
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation:

21. South Dakota
Status: Misdemeanor
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal

22. Tennessee
Status: Misdemeanor
Personal possession: ½ ounce
Cultivation: 6 plants per household

23. Utah
Status: Misdemeanor
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal

24. Virginia
Status: Misdemeanor
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal

25. West Virginia
Status: Misdemeanor
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal

26. Wisconsin
Status: Misdemeanor (Only first offense)
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Felony

27. Wyoming
Status: Misdemeanor
Personal possession: N/A
Cultivation: Illegal

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