Where is marijuana decriminalized?

Although not legalization, decriminalization effectively signals the beginning of the end of prohibition in a state. While some States have not legalized, these states contain laws that lower the penalty for possessing non-medical pot: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York (unless it’s open to public view), North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A handful of these places still count weed possession to be a misdemeanor. Also, there is no jail time associated and possessors who are caught may receive minimal punishment and a spotless record.

 

States with medical marijuana programs

The following states have legalized only medical marijuana: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

The qualifying conditions for medical programs vary in particular states. California, which also legalized recreational marijuana, has laws that allow the treatment of essentially “any debilitating illness” with the plant.

 

Legal recreational marijuana in the U.S.

The following states leading the way into recreational marijuana are Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Three tribes have also legalized pot on their lands: the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe, and the Squaxin Island Tribe. While laws may differ among these states when it comes to openly displaying or smoking pot, these are the places where you’ll be able to walk into a dispensary and pick up some bud as long as you are of legal age.