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: