Is Cannabis Legal or Medicinal in Your State?

Is Cannabis Legal or Medicinal in Your State?

Only a few years ago, medical marijuana was a controversial subject and anyone caught outside with cannabis was open to legal trouble. Now, the country is a patchwork of medical allowances, legalization, and all-but-legal decriminalization policies. With each state making its own decisions on how to deal with the plant, it can be hard to keep track. If you’re wondering where it’s available, we’re about to break it down state by state.


Where Is it Legal for Recreational Use?


States that have fully legalized cannabis have stopped prosecuting for possession, and some have opened marijuana dispensaries enabling legal adults to buy weed. Here’s the list of states in which you can find a recreational cannabis dispensary open to adults 21+ that have a valid ID:

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington

What About Medical Marijuana?


The state-to-state allowances here are vast. In many states, cannabis is still basically illegal except for very extreme illnesses. Iowa, for instance, is not considered a “Medical” state because only debilitating epilepsy qualifies. States that are considered by most maps to be medical marijuana states offer medical cards for a fairly large range of common, if serious, conditions. The qualifying conditions still vary by state but usually include Cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, severe nausea, MS and Epilepsy. California is the most lenient, including diagnosis like Anorexia, Migraines and Arthritis. Here’s the list of states that are med-friendly, but not yet recreational:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia


Is it Legal for You?


If your state is on the legal list, then it is legal for you, or it will be soon. Just take your valid driver’s license (or passport if you are not an American citizen) to the local dispensary and ask the “budtender” for recommendations.


If your state is on the Medical-Only list and you have a qualifying medical condition, talk to your doctor about getting a recommendation card. If you’re still legally barred from cannabis, then make a trip to a friendly-state like Nevada where you can get Redwood & Willie’s Reserve at many of the dispensaries in Las Vegas.



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