States Where Recreational Marijuana is Legal

Each state has its own rules for how much cannabis people can possess, gift and grow.

Nearly 25 percent of the U.S. population lives in a state or jurisdiction that permits the recreational use of marijuana after Michigan’s new law went into effect in December 2018.

Michigan is one of 10 states to allow citizens 21 and older to use marijuana beyond medical purposes. In Illinois, Gov. Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Tuesday making it the first state to legalize cannabis possession through its Legislature instead of a ballot measure. The law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Each state differs in its guidelines of where and when people can use the drug, in addition to how much marijuana people can grow.

Here are the states where recreational marijuana is legal, in order of when the laws were approved:

Colorado

Legalized in 2012

Adults in Colorado can possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and can grow up to six plants at home. The state specifies that counties and municipalities can pass stricter laws.

Washington

Legalized in 2012

In Washington, adults can purchase up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana, meaning it’s in the form of harvested flowers. They can buy up to 16 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles, 72 ounces of marijuana in liquid form and 7 grams of marijuana concentrates.

While many states ban people from driving under the influence of any amount of marijuana, Washington has a limit of 5 nanograms of THC, the psychoactive chemical ingredient in marijuana, per milliliter of blood.

Alaska

Legalized in 2014

Alaskans can grow up to six marijuana plants in their home, but only three of the plants can be flowering at any time.

Oregon

Legalized in 2014

Oregon residents can keep up to 8 ounces of marijuana and four marijuana plants in their home, and they can have up to 1 ounce of marijuana on their person while in public.

California

Legalized in 2016

Californians can have up to 1 ounce of cannabis, up to 8 grams of concentrated cannabis and up to six cannabis plants, which must be grown at home.

Maine

Legalized in 2016

Maine’s law allows residents to have up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, which may include up to 5 grams of marijuana concentrate. People can also have up to six “flowering marijuana plants” and “12 immature plants and unlimited seedlings,” according to the state’s website.

Massachusetts

Legalized in 2016

In Massachusetts, people can have 10 ounces of marijuana in their home, but anything over 1 ounce must be locked up. Residents can grow up to six plants at home, and marijuana is prohibited on public or federal land.

Nevada

Legalized in 2016

Nevadans can possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and up to one-eighth of an ounce of concentrated marijuana. They can grow up to six plants per person, or 12 plants per household.

Vermont

Legalized in January 2018

Vermont was the first state to legalize marijuana through its Legislature instead of through a ballot measure. Residents can possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis and each household is allowed two mature and four immature marijuana plants.

Michigan

Legalized in November 2018

Michigan is the only Midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana. As of Dec. 6, residents can possess up to 2.5 ounces of the drug and can grow as many as 12 plants, as long as they are hidden from the public.

People cannot exchange marijuana for money, and it isn’t allowed in public spaces. Michigan doesn’t have any medical dispensaries at this point.

Source: U.S. & World Report News
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