Where Pot is Legal in the United States in 2016
With an election coming up, many Americans are asking where pot is legal and what states have pot legalization initiatives on the ballot. Let’s dive in!
2016 has already been a big year for marijuana legalization with many changes happening to pot laws around the nation. As of this post being written, 25 states have some form of marijuana laws in effect ranging from full legal recreational use to medicinal use to decriminalization.
Here are all of the states where marijuana is legal for medicinal and recreational use as of October 2016:
States where weed is legal for recreational use:
Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Colorado along with the nation’s capital, Washington DC, have legalized pot for recreational use.
States where weed is legal for medicinal use:
Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont have all legalized marijuana for medical use at various levels. Puerto Rico’s governor has also signed an executive order to legalize cannabis for medical use.
States that have decriminalized marijuana use:
Possession of marijuana has been decriminalized in the following states: California, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island.
States that have marijuana measures on the ballot in 2016
Various levels of marijuana legalization measures are currently on the ballot in 9 states heading into the November 2016 election. Those states include: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada and North Dakota.
Despite the fact that cannabis remains illegal on the federal level there seems to be no stopping marijuana legalization at the state level. Voters have been overwhelmingly voting to legalize pot around the nation.
Be sure to get out and vote this November to legalize pot in your state. In the meantime, you can always come visit The Spot 420 Colorado recreational dispensary locations to enjoy all of the perks of legal cannabis in Colorado!