The legalization of marijuana, also known as pot, has taken place in various states throughout the U.S. over the course of the past decade. While the majority of those states only permitted it for medicinal uses, there are a few that have legalized it for recreational use. Below, you’ll find information about each state in the U.S. and whether or not legalization of marijuana has been granted; recreationally or non-recreationally. If you, or someone you know needs alcohol treatment or drug rehab in Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, or Wilmington NC, Legacy Freedom can help. Please call us today to learn more!
The Decriminalization of Marijuana Per City/State
Decriminalization of pot simply means that means that if an individual is caught with a small amount of pot, intended for personal consumption, they won't be prosecuted or receive a jail sentence or criminal record.
- New York
- North Carolina
Decriminalized in 2014:
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- New York City, New York
- Washington D.C.
The Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Per City/State
- Denver, Colorado legalized in 2005
- Breckenridge, Colorado legalized in 2009
- Portland, Maine legalized in 2013
- Washington state legalized in November 2014
- Alaska legalized in 2014
- Oregon legal, effective July 1st, 2015
February 26th, 2015 marked the date that Washington D.C. passed a law that permitted retail marijuana stores. In addition, it was also passed that adults over the age of 21 have legal rights to gift, grow, possess but not sell cannabis, as well.
In 2014, recognized Indian Reservations were permitted to regulate their own cannabis laws by the US Justice Department. According to the Federal government, they will not intervene with reservation regulations as long as they continue with a strict control over the situation. There are a few reservations, including the Oglala Sioux and Yakama Nation Tribal Council, which have decided to reject the approval of marijuana use on their reservation.
The following states failed legislation in 2015 for and will not legalize the medicinal use of marijuana:
- West Virginia
- North Dakota
- North Carolina
States Pending Legislation for Medical Cannabis in 2015:
- South Carolina
The following states have passed legislation in 2015 for Pro-Medical Marijuana, but this does not necessarily mean they will legalize its use:
Pending states for pro-medical marijuana but not necessarily legalizing its use include:
Failed legislation for pro-medical marijuana but not necessarily legalizing its use include:
To learn more about the legalization of marijuana, be sure to visit with other blog post in this series, below:
- Legalization of Marijuana – An Overview
- Legalization of Marijuana – The Cons
- Legalization of Marijuana – Demographics
- Legalization of Marijuana – Initial Findings
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