Marijuana Legal Status USA 2016





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Check out the legal status of marijuana in the USA. Click on your State from the map, watch the video or just scroll down the list.

Alabama (Status: Illegal)

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A person found with any amount of marijuana in Alabama may be punished with up to 1 year in prison and a maximum fine of $6,000.

Alaska (Status: Legal Recreational Cannabis)

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The nation’s largest state legalized recreational cannabis via a ballot initiative. The state has yet to fully implement a legal cannabis regime, though it recently issued its first licenses for businesses to grow and study the substance.

Arizona (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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The state currently allows for medical Marijuana for patients suffering from 13 different medical conditions – including HIV or AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and others – but makes possession of less than 2 pounds of recreational marijuana punishable by anywhere from 4 months to 2 years in jail and up to a $150,000 fine. An initiative will appear on the November ballot that looks to legalize recreational marijuana.

Arkansas (Status: Illegal)

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State law currently makes the possession of marijuana – either medical or recreational – by first-offenders punishable by 1 year or less in prison, with a maximum fine up to $2,500; after that, the punishment rises to the level of a felony, with second-time offenders with less than 4 ounces punishable by up to 6 years in prison and a possible fine of $10,000.

California (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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The Golden State currently enjoys relaxed rules regarding the sale and use of medical marijuana, and is likely to pass a ballot initiative this November legalizing the sale and use of recreational marijuana.

Colorado (Status: Legal Recreational Marijuana)

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This state in 2014 was one of the first in the nation to legalize the growth and sale of recreational marijuana. Activists are now looking to expand the law to include allowing for the creation of cannabis shops, in which recreational users may imbibe the substance freely.

Connecticut (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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Connecticut has legalized medical marijuana and has largely decriminalized the use of recreational cannabis, mostly issuing citations for its use. State lawmakers have openly discussed the idea of legalizing the substance for recreational use.

Delaware (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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The state allows for the use of medical marijuana and has largely decriminalized the use of recreational cannabis, mostly issuing citations for its use.

Florida (Status: Limited Legal Marijuana)

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The Florida legislature earlier this year passed a bill allowing for terminally-ill patients to use medical marijuana. The substance’s recreational use is still illegal, with possession of up to 20 grams or less punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000.

Georgia (Status: Limited Medical Marijuana)

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The Georgia state government has passed a law allowing for the limited use of medical CBD by those with severe or debilitating conditions; otherwise, the possession of marijuana remains punishable by up to one year or more in prison, along with a maximum fine of $1,000.

Hawaii (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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The state was the first in the nation to allow for the limited use of medical cannabis by seriously ill patients. The state has since significantly expanded its medical marijuana program. Possession of unauthorized cannabis is punishable by a misdemeanor of a 30-day prison sentence and/or a $1,000 fine.

Idaho (Status: Illegal)

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Idaho has banned the use of cannabis, with those caught with 3 ounces or less punishable with a misdemeanor sentence of up to 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

Illinois (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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The Prairie State allows for the legal use of medical marijuana, though its possession of 2.5 grams or less for recreational use is punishable by up to 30 days in prison and/or a $1,500 fine.

Indiana (Status: Illegal)

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Indiana makes the possession of any amount of marijuana punishable with a misdemeanor, resulting in a prison sentence of up to 180 days and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Iowa (Status: Limited Medical Marijuana)

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The state allows for the limited use of CBD for medical patients; otherwise, the possession of recreational marijuana by first-offenders is punishable by up to 6 months in prison and/or up to a $1,000 fine.

Kansas (Status: Illegal)

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The use of cannabis – whether recreational or medicinal – is prohibited in Kansas, punishable for first-offenders by up to 6 months in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.

Kentucky (Status: Illegal)

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The use of marijuana – whether recreational or medicinal – is prohibited in Kentucky, punishable for those possessing less than 8 ounces by up to 45 days in prison and/or a $250 fine.

Louisiana (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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Louisiana’s medical cannabis bill was signed into law earlier this year and gives patients with qualifying conditions access to the substance; marijuana still remains prohibited for recreational use, with first-offenders possessing 14 grams or less punishable by up to 15 days in prison and/or a $300 fine.

Maine (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana

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Maine has legalized the use of medical cannabis and has largely decriminalized recreational marijuana: Offenders found to be in possession of 1.25 ounces or less of the substance for recreational purposes face no prison time and may receive a fine no higher than $600.

Maryland (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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Maryland has legalized the use of medical marijuana and has largely decriminalized recreational marijuana: Offenders caught with less than 10 grams of the substance for recreational purposes face no prison time and may receive a fine no higher than $100.

Massachusetts (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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Massachusetts has legalized the use of medical cannabis and has largely decriminalized recreational cannabis: Offenders possessing 1 ounce or less of the substance face no prison time and may receive a fine no higher than $100. The state’s voters will vote on a November ballot initiative that seeks to legalize marijuana’ recreational use.

Michigan (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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Michigan allows for the legal use of medical cannabis, while the possession of any amount of the substance for reasons other than medical use are punishable by up to 1 year in prison and/or a $2,000 fine.

Minnesota (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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Minnesota allows for the legal use of medical marijuana and has largely decriminalized recreational cannabis: the possession of 42.5 grams or less of the substance face no prison time and may receive a fine no higher than $200.

Mississippi (Status: Limited Medical Marijuana)

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The Mississippi state government has passed a law allowing for the limited use of medical CBD by those with severe or debilitating conditions. Recreational use has largely been decriminalized, with first-offenders possessing 30 grams or less of cannabis not eligible for jail time and eligible for a fine no greater than $250.

Missouri (Status: Limited Medical Marijuana)

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Missouri allows for the limited use of medical CBD; otherwise, those found in possession of 35 grams or less of cannabis may be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in prison and up to $1,000 in fines.

Montana (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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Medical cannabis is legal in the Treasure State; however, first-offenders found to be in possession of 60 grams or less of unlicensed cannabis may be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in prison and a $500 fine.

Nebraska (Status: Decriminalized Marijuana)

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While the state does not have a specific medical cannabis regime in place, it has largely decriminalized the recreational use of the substance, with possession of an ounce or less not punishable by prison time (up until the third offense) and a maximum fine of $500 (up until the third offense.)

Nevada (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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The Silver State has lax regulations regarding access to cannabis: The state has a medical cannabis regime in place and has largely decriminalized the recreational use of marijuana – first-offenders found in possession of the substance face no prison time and face a maximum fine of $600.

New Hampshire (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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Though the state has legalized the use of medical cannabis, the unlicensed possession of any amount of the substance is punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a $2,000 fine.

New Jersey (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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The Garden State allows for the medical use of cannabis; however, the possession of 50 grams or less of unlicensed marijuana may result in 6 months of prison time and a maximum of a $1,000 fine.

New Mexico (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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New Mexico allows for the full legal use of medical cannabis. For first-offenders, the unlicensed possession of up to one ounce of the substance may result in a misdemeanor charge, punishable by 15 days of prison time and a $100 fine.

New York (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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The Empire State this year instituted a medical cannabis regime, albeit for non-smokables only; first-offenders found to be in possession of 25 grams or less of the substance would not face prison time and may be hit with a maximum $100 fine.

North Carolina (Status: Limited Medical Marijuana)

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North Carolina allows for access to medical CBD. The state has also largely decriminalized the use of recreational cannabis, with any prison sentence suspended for those found to possess .5 ounces or less of the substance and the levying of a maximum fine of $200.

North Dakota (Status: Illegal)

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North Dakota does not allow for any cannabis use: possession of 1 ounce or less of the substance is punishable as a misdemeanor by up to 30 days in prison and a maximum fine of $1,500.

Ohio (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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The Buckeye State this year imposed its medical cannabis regime; it has also largely decriminalized the use of recreational cannabis, with those found to be in possession of less than 100 grams facing no prison time and a maximum fine of $150.

Oklahoma (Status: Limited Medical Marijuana)

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The state allows for the use of CBD products for medical purposes; however, first-offenders found to be in possession of any amount of marijuana face a sentence of up to 1 year in prison.

Oregon (Status: Legal Recreational Marijuana)

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The state allows for the legal possession of up to 1 ounce of cannabis in public; those found with more than 1-2 ounces may receive no prison time, though they may receive a fine up to $650.

Pennsylvania (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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The Keystone State this year imposed its medical cannabis regime; however, the unlicensed possession of 30 grams or less of the substance qualifies as a misdemeanor, with a possible prison sentence of up to 30 days and a maximum fine of $500.

Rhode Island (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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America’s smallest state allows for the legal use of medical cannabis. The state has largely decriminalized the recreational use of the substance, with the possession of less than 1 ounce punishable by a maximum fine of $150 and no prison time.

South Carolina (Status: Limited Medical Marijuana)

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The state allows for legal access to medical CBD products; however, first-offenders found to be in possession of 1 ounce or less of cannabis face a sentence of 30 days in prison and a maximum fine of $200.

South Dakota (Status: Limited Medical Marijuana)

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South Dakota does not allow for the use or possession of cannabis: Those found to be in possession of 2 ounces or less of the substance face a sentence of 1 year in prison and a maximum fine of $2,000.

Tennessee (Status: Limited Medical Marijuana)

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The state allows for legal access to medical CBD products; however, first-offenders found to be in possession of .5 ounces or less of the substance face a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a maximum fine of $250.

Texas (Status: Illegal)

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The Lone Star State does not allow for the use or possession of cannabis: Those found to be in possession of 2 ounces or less of the substance face a sentence of 180 days in prison and a maximum fine of $2,000.

Utah (Status: Illegal)

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Utah does not allow for the use or possession of cannabis: Those found to be in possession of less than 1 ounce of the substance face up to 6 months in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000.

Vermont (Status: Legal Medical Marijuana)

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Vermont has instituted a full medical cannabis regime; the state has also decriminalized the recreational use of the substance, with first-offenders found to be in possession of 1 ounce or less of the substance facing no prison time and a maximum fine of $200.

Virginia (Status: Limited Medical Marijuana)

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The state allows for the use of medical CBD products; however, first-offenders found to be in possession of less than .5 ounces of the substance face a sentence of 30 days in prison and a maximum fine of $500.

Washington (Status: Legal Recreational Marijuana)

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The state allows for the full legal use of recreational cannabis.

West Virginia (Status: Illegal)

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The state has banned the use of cannabis, with those found to be in possession of any amount of the substance facing a sentence prison sentence between 90 days and 6 months, and a maximum fine of up to $1,000.

Wisconsin (Status: Limited Medical Marijuana)

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The Badger State allows for access to medical CBD products; however, first-offenders found to be in possession of any amount of the substance face a 6-month prison sentence, along with a maximum fine of $1,000.

Wyoming (Status: Limited Medical Marijuana)

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Author: John Winston – New York City-based journalist and also serves as a Media Advisor for nyvapeshop.com

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