Recreational Weed States - States That Have Legalized Weed 2019

In the United States, the legalization of marijuana has always been a hotly debated topic. For many years, marijuana has been illegal – both for medicinal and recreational use. However, in recent years, more states are legalizing marijuana, even for recreational use.

Under federal law, marijuana is still illegal. However, states have changed their laws to make the cultivation and use of marijuana legal. In some states, marijuana has been decriminalized, meaning that criminal penalties for the possession and usage of marijuana have been reduced or eliminated.

The first states to legalize the use of recreational marijuana were Colorado and Washington in 2012. Since then, a few other states have followed suit. As of November 2018, the following states have legalized marijuana for recreational use:

In some states, recreational marijuana has been decriminalized. Those states are:

State Legal Status Medicinal Decriminalized State Laws 2019 Pop.
AlabamaFully IllegalNoNoAlabama4,898,246
AlaskaFully LegalYesYesAlaska735,720
ArizonaMixedYesNoArizona7,275,070
ArkansasMixedYesNoArkansas3,026,412
CaliforniaFully LegalYesYesCalifornia39,747,267
ColoradoFully LegalYesYesColorado5,770,545
ConnecticutMixedYesNoConnecticut3,567,871
DelawareMixedYesNoDelaware975,033
District of ColumbiaFully LegalYesYesDistrict of Columbia711,571
FloridaMixedYesNoFlorida21,646,155
GeorgiaMixedNoNoGeorgia10,627,767
HawaiiMixedYesNoHawaii1,416,589
IdahoFully IllegalNoNoIdaho1,790,182
IllinoisMixedYesNoIllinois12,700,381
IndianaMixedNoNoIndiana6,718,616
IowaMixedNoNoIowa3,167,997
KansasFully IllegalNoNoKansas2,910,931
KentuckyFully IllegalNoNoKentucky4,484,047
LouisianaMixedYesNoLouisiana4,652,581
MaineFully LegalYesYesMaine1,342,097
MarylandMixedYesNoMaryland6,062,917
MassachusettsFully LegalYesYesMassachusetts6,939,373
MichiganFully LegalYesYesMichigan10,020,472
MinnesotaMixedYesNoMinnesota5,655,925
MississippiFully IllegalNoNoMississippi2,987,895
MissouriMixedYesNoMissouri6,147,861
MontanaMixedYesNoMontana1,074,532
NebraskaFully IllegalNoNoNebraska1,940,919
NevadaFully LegalYesYesNevada3,087,025
New HampshireMixedYesNoNew Hampshire1,363,852
New JerseyMixedYesNoNew Jersey8,922,547
New MexicoMixedYesNoNew Mexico2,096,034
New YorkMixedYesNoNew York19,491,339
North CarolinaFully IllegalNoNoNorth Carolina10,497,741
North DakotaMixedYesNoNorth Dakota760,900
OhioMixedYesNoOhio11,718,568
OklahomaMixedYesNoOklahoma3,948,950
OregonFully LegalYesYesOregon4,245,901
PennsylvaniaMixedYesNoPennsylvania12,813,969
Rhode IslandMixedYesNoRhode Island1,056,738
South CarolinaFully IllegalNoNoSouth Carolina5,147,111
South DakotaFully IllegalNoNoSouth Dakota892,631
TennesseeFully IllegalNoNoTennessee6,833,793
TexasMixedNoNoTexas29,087,070
UtahMixedYesNoUtah3,221,610
VermontFully LegalYesYesVermont627,180
VirginiaMixedNoNoVirginia8,571,946
WashingtonFully LegalYesYesWashington7,666,343
West VirginiaMixedYesNoWest Virginia1,791,951
WisconsinFully IllegalNoNoWisconsin5,832,661
WyomingFully IllegalNoNoWyoming572,381