Recreational Weed States - States That Have Legalized Weed 2020

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 2020 Pop.
AlabamaFully IllegalNoNoAlabama4,908,621
AlaskaFully LegalYesYesAlaska734,002
ArizonaMixedYesNoArizona7,378,494
ArkansasMixedYesNoArkansas3,038,999
CaliforniaFully LegalYesYesCalifornia39,937,489
ColoradoFully LegalYesYesColorado5,845,526
ConnecticutMixedYesNoConnecticut3,563,077
DelawareMixedYesNoDelaware982,895
District of ColumbiaFully LegalYesYesDistrict of Columbia720,687
FloridaMixedYesNoFlorida21,992,985
GeorgiaMixedNoNoGeorgia10,736,059
HawaiiMixedYesNoHawaii1,412,687
IdahoFully IllegalNoNoIdaho1,826,156
IllinoisMixedYesNoIllinois12,659,682
IndianaMixedNoNoIndiana6,745,354
IowaMixedNoNoIowa3,179,849
KansasFully IllegalNoNoKansas2,910,357
KentuckyFully IllegalNoNoKentucky4,499,692
LouisianaMixedYesNoLouisiana4,645,184
MaineFully LegalYesYesMaine1,345,790
MarylandMixedYesNoMaryland6,083,116
MassachusettsFully LegalYesYesMassachusetts6,976,597
MichiganFully LegalYesYesMichigan10,045,029
MinnesotaMixedYesNoMinnesota5,700,671
MississippiFully IllegalNoNoMississippi2,989,260
MissouriMixedYesNoMissouri6,169,270
MontanaMixedYesNoMontana1,086,759
NebraskaFully IllegalNoNoNebraska1,952,570
NevadaFully LegalYesYesNevada3,139,658
New HampshireMixedYesNoNew Hampshire1,371,246
New JerseyMixedYesNoNew Jersey8,936,574
New MexicoMixedYesNoNew Mexico2,096,640
New YorkMixedYesNoNew York19,440,469
North CarolinaFully IllegalNoNoNorth Carolina10,611,862
North DakotaMixedYesNoNorth Dakota761,723
OhioMixedYesNoOhio11,747,694
OklahomaMixedYesNoOklahoma3,954,821
OregonFully LegalYesYesOregon4,301,089
PennsylvaniaMixedYesNoPennsylvania12,820,878
Rhode IslandMixedYesNoRhode Island1,056,161
South CarolinaFully IllegalNoNoSouth Carolina5,210,095
South DakotaFully IllegalNoNoSouth Dakota903,027
TennesseeFully IllegalNoNoTennessee6,897,576
TexasMixedNoNoTexas29,472,295
UtahMixedYesNoUtah3,282,115
VermontFully LegalYesYesVermont628,061
VirginiaMixedNoNoVirginia8,626,207
WashingtonFully LegalYesYesWashington7,797,095
West VirginiaMixedYesNoWest Virginia1,778,070
WisconsinFully IllegalNoNoWisconsin5,851,754
WyomingFully IllegalNoNoWyoming567,025