A Guide and Map of Marijuana Legal States

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Whether you are a medical patient or recreational consumer, it is important to know the legalities surrounding what you can grow, travel with and purchase legally. Here, we will show you the difference between recreational and medical cannabis and provide a complete and up to date list of all marijuana legal states that allow for either kind of use, including those where personal possession is no more than a misdemeanor.

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.

What is medical marijuana?

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A lot of people don’t understand the difference between recreational and medical marijuana, and that is likely because they are both virtually the same thing. Medical marijuana is unique only because it generally has a higher than average CBD content, which is the non-psychoactive medicinal element produced by cannabis plants, that can help with treating inflammatory conditions and offering longer-term benefits. Though medical marijuana strains are sometimes believed to be superior in nature, many patients find themselves searching for more potent options that can provide immediate pain relief instead.

How to get a medical marijuana card

If you happen to live in a state that has legalized medical marijuana, then it is typically a simple process to apply for a license to grow, smoke and possess cannabis products. An application must be filed in order to receive this special permission, and this can be done with a visit to your local family doctor or cannabis clinic, where during this appointment, you will be asked to provide a medical reason.

States with legal weed for recreational consumption

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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 the 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 possess while travelling, and how many plants are allowed per household or for an adult in states where marijuana is legal.

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 with legal medical marijuana

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In these states, you will require a medical license to legally carry, cultivate, or purchase cannabis products.

1. Alaska
Possession: 1ounce
Growing: 12 plants per household with two adults

2. Arizona
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

3. Arkansas
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

4. California
Possession: 1 ounce
Growing: 6 plants per household

5. Colorado
Possession: 1 ounce
Growing: 6 plants per household

6. Connecticut
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Illegal

7. Delaware
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

8. Florida
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

9. Hawaii
Possession: Not allowed in public
Growing: Permitted with license

10. Illinois
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

11. Louisiana
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Illegal

12. Maine
Possession: 2 ½ ounces
Growing: 3 mature plants or 12 immature plants

13. Maryland
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Illegal

14. Massachusetts
Possession: 1 ounce (in public) 10 ounces (at home)
Growing: 6 plants per household

15. Michigan
Possession: 2 ½ ounces in public 10 ounces (at home)
Growing: no clear limits or restrictions

16. Minnesota
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

17. Missouri
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

18. Montana
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

19. Nevada
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: 6 plants per household

20. New Hampshire
Possession: ¾ ounce
Growing: Permitted with license

21. New Jersey
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

22. New Mexico
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

23. New York
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Misdemeanor

24. North Dakota
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Illegal

25. Ohio
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

26. Oklahoma
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

27. Oregon
Possession: 1 ounce
Growing: 4 plants per household

28. Pennsylvania
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

29. Rhode Island
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Permitted with license

30. Utah
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Illegal

31. Vermont
Possession: 1 ounce
Growing: 2 mature plants or 4 mature plants per household

32. Washington
Possession: 1 ounce
Growing: Permitted with license

33. West Virginia
Possession: no clear limits or restrictions
Growing: Illegal

States where marijuana is decriminalized or labelled as a misdemeanor

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These regions are also excellent hot spots for cannabis enthusiasts, as they often have current laws against recreational marijuana, but the punishment for partaking is nearly non-existent, making them all areas 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: Illegal

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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