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Alabama* (CBD only)NoNoYesNoYes* States with regulations in place for assigning patients to the medical marijuana program but no state-licensed facilities such as medical dispensaries have been introduced yet to purchase marijuana products from. In March 2020, the Alabama Senate Passed legislation to allow and regulate medical marijuana. The bill will now move on to the House.
AlaskaYesYesYesNoSince 2015, it has been legal for individuals 21 years of age or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. Individuals are only allowed to consume marijuana on private property or in designated marijuana retail stores. A medical marijuana program still operates, in which patients can apply for a medical marijuana card.
ArizonaYesYesYesNoMedical marijuana was legalized in 2016. However, it was not until May 2019 that legal medicinal marijuana sales commenced with the opening of the first dispensary. In order to obtain medical marijuana, you must be over 18 and have a qualifying condition confirmed by a physician. In November 2020, Arizona passed adult use cannabis laws allowing adults 21+ to buy and possess up to 1oz of cannabis, including up to 5grams of concentrates. Home cultivation allowing 6 cannabis plants per individual’s primary residence and up to 12 plants per residence with 2+ adults 21+ in age live. Recreational dispensaries will open and public marijuana use is now a petty offense.
ArkansasNoYesNoYesMedical marijuana was legalized in 2016. However, it was not until May 2019 that legal medicinal marijuana sales commenced with the opening of the first dispensary. In order to obtain medical marijuana, you must be over 18 and have a qualifying condition confirmed by a physician.
CaliforniaYesYesYesNoA bill which legalized the recreational use of marijuana was passed in January 2018. Those who are 21 years or older are able to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana which can only be consumed on private property. California also operates a medical marijuana program.
ColoradoYesYesYesNoRecreational use of marijuana is legal in Colorado. Individuals must be 21 or over and can possess a maximum of 1 ounce at any one time. The state also operates The Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry which is a confidential, statewide program. It allows patients with qualifying medical conditions to receive a registry ID card for legal access to medical marijuana.
ConnecticutNoYesReducedYesConnecticut has decriminalized marijuana for small amounts. Individuals caught with half an ounce or less must pay a fine if they are first or second time offenders. Medical marijuana has been legal since 2012 and qualifying patients can possess a 'reasonable amount' for a months supply.
DelawareNoYesReducedYesSmall possession of up to 1 ounce is considered a civil penalty and is punishable with a maximum fine of $100. In 2011, Delaware passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana which allows patients to possess up to 6 ounces of medical marijuana.
FloridaNoYesNoYesFlorida legalized medical marijuana in 2016. Patients must be a permanent or seasonal residents of Florida, be entered into the medical marijuana use registry, and obtain a medical marijuana ID card.
Georgia* (CBD only)NoNoYesNo* States with regulations in place for assigning patients to the medical marijuana program but no state-licensed facilities such as medical dispensaries have been introduced yet to purchase marijuana products from. In July 2018 the Constitutional Court of Georgia ruled that people can no longer face administrative punishments for consuming cannabis. Qualifying persons can apply for a low THC oil registry card allowing individuals to legally possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil.
HawaiiNoYesReducedYesHawaii decriminalized possession of up to 3 ounces of marijuana, which is punishable by a $130 fine. Repeat offenders or those caught with large quantities face harsher punishment. Hawaii also operates a medical marijuana program for qualifying patients.
IdahoNoNoNoYesPossession of more than 3 ounces of cannabis is a felony.
IllinoisNoYesYesNoAs of January 2020, recreational marijuana is legal. Individuals who are 21 years of age or older can possess up to 30 grams of weed. Marijuana can only legally be purchased through licensed dispensaries and must be consumed in a private home. The state also operates a medical marijuana program for qualifying patients.
Indiana* (CBD only)NoNoYesNo* States with regulations in place for assigning patients to the medical marijuana program but no state-licensed facilities such as medical dispensaries have been introduced yet to purchase marijuana products from. In March 2018, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act 52, legalizing low-THC CBD derived from industrial hemp. The law allows any person to buy, sell, and possess CBD oil, as long as it contains no more than 0.3 percent THC.
Iowa (CBD only)NoNoYesNoYes
KansasNoNoNoYes
Kentucky* (CBD only)NoNoYesNoYes* States with regulations in place for assigning patients to the medical marijuana program but no state-licensed facilities such as medical dispensaries have been introduced yet to purchase marijuana products from. In February 2020, the state House approved a medical marijuana bill with a 65-30 vote but the Senate decided to not take it up before adjourning for the year in April.
LouisianaNoYesNoYesMedical marijuana in Louisiana became available to patients in August 2019.
MaineYesYesYesNoUnder Maine law, individuals 21 years of age or older are allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. Adults are also allowed to lawfully possess and cultivate up to three mature marijuana plants, 12 immature plants, and unlimited seedlings. Medical patients have the same purchase limits.
MarylandNoYesReducedYesPossession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is not a criminal offense in Maryland and is subject to a $100 fine. Dispensaries and growers have been allowed to provide medical marijuana to registered patients since 2014.
MassachusettsYesYesYesNoIndividuals aged 21 or over can possess up to 1 ounce on their persons and up to 10 ounces in their own homes. In January 2013, a law took effect allowing medical marijuana.
MichiganYesYesYesNoIn December 2018, recreational use of cannabis was legalized in Michigan. The state also operates a medical marijuana program.
MinnesotaNoYesReducedYesPossession of 42.5 grams or less is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $200. Minnesota’s medical marijuana law was signed into law in 2014, removing criminal penalties for the medicinal use of marijuana by qualifying patients.
MississippiNoYesYesYesIn November 2020, Mississippi passed a comprehensive medical marijuana program
MissouriNoYesReducedYesA bill took effect on January 1, 2017 which reduces penalties for the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana, which now carries a fine of $250 to $1,000. Missouri legalized medical marijuana in November 2018, with dispensaries expected to start opening in August 2020.
MontanaYesYesYesNoMontana legalized medical marijuana in 2004 and passed two complementary ballot initiatives to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older in 2020.
NebraskaNoNoReducedYesPersons found to be in possession of up to one ounce of cannabis can be punished by a maximum fine of $300. Subsequent convictions are punishable by jail time and larger fines.
NevadaYesYesYesNoSince 2017, adults 21 years of age and older can legally possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis. If there is not a state-licensed retail cannabis store within 25 miles, adults 21 years of age and older can grow up to 6 plants per person, but no more than 12 plants per household. Nevadans voted to implement a medical marijuana program in 2000.
New HampshireNoYesReducedYesRecreational use remains illegal. However adults aged 18 or older caught possessing less than three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana will only be punished with a $100 fine. Medical marijuana was legalized in 2013 and is available to qualifying patients.
New JerseyNoYesNoYesIn November 2020, New Jersey citizens amended state law to legalize the cultivation, processing, and sale of retail marijuana and the recreational use of retail of marijuana for persons age 21 and older. New Jersey already had a medical program in place.
New MexicoNoYesReducedYesIn July 1, 2019, first-time penalties for the possession of up to one-half ounce of cannabis were decriminalized to a $50 fine. Subsequent offenses remain punishable by the possibility of jail time. Medical use was legalized in 2007 through a bill signed by Govenor Richardson
New YorkNoYesReducedYesIn August 2019, a new law came into effect decriminalizing marijuana possession under two ounces. Instead of a criminal offense, it will be considered a violation punishable by a $50 fine for under an ounce or a maximum fine of $200 for 1-2 ounces. In July 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the Compassionate Care Act to provide a comprehensive, safe, and effective medical marijuana program that meets the needs of New Yorkers.
North Carolina* (CBD only)NoNoYesReducedYes* States with regulations in place for assigning patients to the medical marijuana program but no state-licensed facilities such as medical dispensaries have been introduced yet to purchase marijuana products from. Possession of 0.5 ounces or less of marijuana is a Class 3 misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $200. Subsequent offenses are punishable by fines and jail time.
North DakotaNoYesReducedYesIn 2019, House Bill 1050 was passed, decriminalizing the first-time possession of up to half an ounce of cannabis, punishable by a fine up to $1000 but not by jail time. Subsequent offenses could result in jail time. In November 2016, medical marijuana was legalized for patients who have been recommended it by a licensed physician. Patients can legally possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana for medical purposes.
Ohio**NoYesReducedYesPossession of less than 100 grams is a minor misdemeanor punishable by a $150 fine. House Bill 523, effective on September 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio.
Oklahoma (CBD only)NoYesNoYesOn June 26, 2018, Oklahoma voters legalized medical marijuana. Cannabis in Oklahoma is legal for possession and use for medicinal purposes with a state-issued license, while CBD oil derived from industrial hemp is legal without a license.
OregonYesYesYesNoIn 2014, Oregon residents voted to legalize adult use and possession of marijuana. Adults 21 years of age and older can possess up to 1 ounce in public and up to 8 ounces on private property. Medical marijuana has been legal since 1998 for qualifying patients.
PennsylvaniaNoYesNoYesThe Pennsylvania Department of Health has implemented the state’s Medical Marijuana Program, which was signed into law on April 17, 2016.
Rhode IslandNoYesReducedYesIn April, 2013, Rhode Island's decriminalization law went into effect. Adults found in possession of up to one ounce can be fined $150 but will receive no jail time or criminal record. The Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act came into effect in 2006, allowing Rhode Island residents access to medical marijuana if approved by their physician.
South Carolina* (CBD only)NoNoYesNoYes* States with regulations in place for assigning patients to the medical marijuana program but no state-licensed facilities such as medical dispensaries have been introduced yet to purchase marijuana products from.
South DakotaYesYesYesNoIn November 2020, South Dakota legalized medicinal and adult use marijuana, implementing a medical marijuana program and a process for regulating and taxing marijuana for adults 21 and older.
Tennessee* (CBD only)NoNoYesNoYes* States with regulations in place for assigning patients to the medical marijuana program but no state-licensed facilities such as medical dispensaries have been introduced yet to purchase marijuana products from.
Texas (CBD only)NoNoYesNoYesIn 2015, Texas passed the Compassionate-Use Act, which allowed the legal use of low-THC cannabis products for patients with intractable epilepsy. It was expanded in 2019 to include other conditions.
UtahNoYesNoYesOn November 6, 2018, Utah voters approved the Medical Cannabis Act
VermontYesYesYesNoAs of July 1, 2018 adults 21 years of age and older in possession of one ounce or less of marijuana may be punished with a civil violation, not a criminal offense. Vermont first legalized medical marijuana in May 2004 and two amendments have been made to further clarify the marijuana rights of patients.
Virginia* (CBD only)NoNoYesUp to 1 ozYes* States with regulations in place for assigning patients to the medical marijuana program but no state-licensed facilities such as medical dispensaries have been introduced yet to purchase marijuana products from. In May 2020, Virginia decriminalized possession of up to 1 ounce of cannabis, punishable by a $25 fine.
WashingtonYesYesYesNoInitiative 502 legalized marijuana for adults 21 years of age and older. Adults can possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis, 16 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces in liquid form, and 7 grams of marijuana concentrates. Medical use of marijuana has been legal since 1998, with changes in law throughout the years.
Washington D.C.YesYesYesNoOn February 26, 2015, a new law came into effect allowing adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to 2 ounces of cannabis. Medical marijuana can be approved for any debilitating condition as long as it is recommended by a licensed doctor.
West Virginia**NoYesNoYes** States with medical programs pending in various stages: these states don't yet accept patient applications and there are no medical dispensaries available.
Wisconsin* (CBD only)NoNoYesNoYes* States with regulations in place for assigning patients to the medical marijuana program but no state-licensed facilities such as medical dispensaries have been introduced yet to purchase marijuana products from.
Wyoming* (CBD only)NoNoYesNoYes* States with regulations in place for assigning patients to the medical marijuana program but no state-licensed facilities such as medical dispensaries have been introduced yet to purchase marijuana products from. Patients must possess a “hemp extract identification card” issued by the state Department of Health in order to legally possess high-CBD extract products.

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