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 2019 Pop. Legal Status Medicinal Decriminalized State Laws
California39,747,267Fully LegalYesYesCalifornia
Texas29,087,070MixedNoNoTexas
Florida21,646,155MixedYesNoFlorida
New York19,491,339MixedYesNoNew York
Pennsylvania12,813,969MixedYesNoPennsylvania
Illinois12,700,381MixedYesNoIllinois
Ohio11,718,568MixedYesNoOhio
Georgia10,627,767MixedNoNoGeorgia
North Carolina10,497,741Fully IllegalNoNoNorth Carolina
Michigan10,020,472Fully LegalYesYesMichigan
New Jersey8,922,547MixedYesNoNew Jersey
Virginia8,571,946MixedNoNoVirginia
Washington7,666,343Fully LegalYesYesWashington
Arizona7,275,070MixedYesNoArizona
Massachusetts6,939,373Fully LegalYesYesMassachusetts
Tennessee6,833,793Fully IllegalNoNoTennessee
Indiana6,718,616MixedNoNoIndiana
Missouri6,147,861MixedYesNoMissouri
Maryland6,062,917MixedYesNoMaryland
Wisconsin5,832,661Fully IllegalNoNoWisconsin
Colorado5,770,545Fully LegalYesYesColorado
Minnesota5,655,925MixedYesNoMinnesota
South Carolina5,147,111Fully IllegalNoNoSouth Carolina
Alabama4,898,246Fully IllegalNoNoAlabama
Louisiana4,652,581MixedYesNoLouisiana
Kentucky4,484,047Fully IllegalNoNoKentucky
Oregon4,245,901Fully LegalYesYesOregon
Oklahoma3,948,950MixedYesNoOklahoma
Connecticut3,567,871MixedYesNoConnecticut
Utah3,221,610MixedYesNoUtah
Iowa3,167,997MixedNoNoIowa
Nevada3,087,025Fully LegalYesYesNevada
Arkansas3,026,412MixedYesNoArkansas
Mississippi2,987,895Fully IllegalNoNoMississippi
Kansas2,910,931Fully IllegalNoNoKansas
New Mexico2,096,034MixedYesNoNew Mexico
Nebraska1,940,919Fully IllegalNoNoNebraska
West Virginia1,791,951MixedYesNoWest Virginia
Idaho1,790,182Fully IllegalNoNoIdaho
Hawaii1,416,589MixedYesNoHawaii
New Hampshire1,363,852MixedYesNoNew Hampshire
Maine1,342,097Fully LegalYesYesMaine
Montana1,074,532MixedYesNoMontana
Rhode Island1,056,738MixedYesNoRhode Island
Delaware975,033MixedYesNoDelaware
South Dakota892,631Fully IllegalNoNoSouth Dakota
North Dakota760,900MixedYesNoNorth Dakota
Alaska735,720Fully LegalYesYesAlaska
District of Columbia711,571Fully LegalYesYesDistrict of Columbia
Vermont627,180Fully LegalYesYesVermont
Wyoming572,381Fully IllegalNoNoWyoming