[Map] Marijuana Usage Laws by State (updated Jan. 2021)
The State of Legalized Marijuana in the U.S.
Where is marijuana use legal in the U.S.?
Although marijuana remains a controlled substance, 35 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized its use for medical purposes. Of these 35 states, 15 (including Washington, D.C.) have also made recreational marijuana use legal: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
Marijuana use remains illegal in the remaining 15 U.S. states, with eight of those states allowing a narrow exception for its use in treating seizures, epilepsy, or other qualifying conditions.
The map below shows the statewide legalization status of marijuana as of January 2021.
NOTE: This map does not reflect any local (city, county, etc.) rules or regulations. Please refer to each state’s official website for more detailed information about the specific regulations and laws governing marijuana usage, as applicable.
This article is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice.