Where is cannabis legal in the USA

March 31, 2021: Marijuana legalization law signed by the governor. Cannabis is currently legal for recreational use in 17 states as of 06/01/2021.

See below for a nice list of all the states in the United States Of America that currently have legal cannabis. This list does not include medical only states.


Legalized by Measure 2 on November 4, 2014.


Recreational use legalized through Proposition 207 on November 3, 2020.


November 2016: Proposition 64 passed by 57% to 43%, legalizing sale and distribution, effective January 1, 2018.


November 6, 2012: Colorado Amendment 64 passed, legalizing the sale and possession of marijuana for non-medical use including cultivation of up to six plants with up to three mature.[25][26] Colorado became the second state to legalize, going into effect four days after Washington state,[26] however, it was the first state for legal retail sales to become established.


May 31, 2019: the General Assembly passed the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act to legalize recreational marijuana use beginning January 1, 2020, allowing adults age 21 and over to possess up to 30 g (1.1 oz).[54] With Gov. J. B. Pritzker‘s signature on June 25, Illinois became the first state in the nation to legalize adult marijuana sales through an act of state legislature.


2016: Legalized recreational


2016: legalized recreational marijuana when Question 4 passed by 54%.


2018: legalized recreational cannabis


November 3, 2020: Legalized by Initiative 190


November 8, 2016: recreational marijuana legalized when Question 2 passed by 54%.

New Jersey

November 3, 2020: recreational use legalized by referendum.
February 22, 2021: enabling legislation for cannabis legalization signed by Governor Phil Murphy. The bill includes provisions for transportation (delivery) and cultivation licensure.

New Mexico

2021: recreational marijuana signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

New York

March 31, 2021: Marijuana legalization law signed by the governor.


November 4, 2014: voters approved Measure 91 providing for possession and sale of set amounts of cannabis.


January 2018: HB511 passed, legalizing recreational use of 1 oz (28 g) and two plants, taking effect on July 1, 2018. First state legislature to legalize recreational marijuana.


April 7, 2021: Marijuana legalized for personal use effective July 1, 2021.