A Guide to Cannabis in the U.S.

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A Guide to Cannabis in the U.S.

Providing an overview of the status of cannabis in the U.S. is challenging at best. On the federal level, things are fairly straight forward. Cannabis is federally illegal and has been for 88 years and counting. Getting down to the state level, however, changes things.

This map from Tenacious Labs breaks down the legal status of cannabis across every U.S. state, and details how lenient each one is when it comes to criminalization.

No Cannabis Allowed

Cannabis—the plant from which marijuana is made—is still considered a dangerous and criminal substance in many U.S. states. In fact, there are six states where cannabis is illegal, of which five are yet to decriminalize. This means an individual can be criminally prosecuted for possessing certain amounts.

State Legal Status Decriminalized?
Wyoming Illegal No
Wisconsin Illegal No
Kentucky Illegal No
Kansas Illegal No
Idaho Illegal No
Nebraska Illegal Yes

Most states began decriminalizing marijuana decades ago, but not all have chosen to partake in this trend. Prosecutors in Alabama for example are able to charge someone with a felony offense for possessing marijuana.

In most states where cannabis is illegal, it is not decriminalized. In particular, only one illegal state has decriminalized the substance—Nebraska.

Medical Use Only

In some U.S. states, approved medical usage of cannabis could be a precursor towards full legalization. Just as it was for states like California and Oregon. However, some states that allow medical usage have chosen not to decriminalize cannabis for recreational purposes.

State Legal Status Decriminalized?
West Virginia Medical No
Utah Medical No
Rhode Island Medical Yes
Pennsylvania Medical No
Oklahoma Medical No
Ohio Medical Yes
North Dakota Medical Yes
New Hampshire Medical Yes
Missouri Medical Yes
Mississippi Medical Yes
Minnesota Medical Yes
Maryland Medical Yes
Louisiana Medical No
Iowa Medical No
Hawaii Medical Yes
Florida Medical No
Delaware Medical Yes
Arkansas Medical No
Tennessee Medical No
Texas Medical No
Alabama Medical No
Georgia Medical No
Indiana Medical No
North Carolina Medical Yes
South Carolina Medical No
South Dakota Medical No

Many states have lists of qualifying conditions which allow a person to carry prescribed amounts of cannabis—often for ailments like glaucoma or cancer. States like Iowa allow cannabis to treat medical conditions, but only if it is CBD-based rather than THC-based.

Interestingly enough, all CBD-based cannabis products with THC levels less than or equal to 0.3% are fully legal on a federal level.

Cannabis Allowed

Some states are famously legal, like Colorado. The legalization of cannabis in Colorado, for example, has added numerous jobs, investments, and a new market to the economy—not to mention billions of dollars.

State Legal Status Decriminalized?
Washington, DC Adult use Yes
Washington Adult use Yes
Virginia Adult use Yes
Vermont Adult use Yes
Oregon Adult use Yes
New York Adult use Yes
New Mexico Adult use Yes
New Jersey Adult use Yes
Nevada Adult use Yes
Montana Adult use Yes
Michigan Adult use Yes
Massachusetts Adult use Yes
Maine Adult use Yes
Illinois Adult use Yes
Colorado Adult use Yes
California Adult use Yes
Arizona Adult use Yes
Alaska Adult use Yes
Connecticut Adult Use Yes

Overall, there are 18 states (and Washington D.C.) which have fully legalized cannabis—allowing both medical and recreational usage—and over 20 which have legalized cannabis for medical use only.

With the current Democratic government, federal legalization seems more likely. In fact, the MORE Act (Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act) was recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives pushing forward the progress for federal cannabis legalization in America.

In the next part of The Legal Landscape Series, we will take a deep dive into the evolution of cannabis markets.

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