Where We're at with Legal Cannabis in the United States
Here's everything you need to know about the legalization and the recent midterm elections results.
Where Cannabis is Currently Legal: State by State
Over the last decades, states across the country have overturned the prohibition of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use in nearly half of the country. In 2012, Colorado and Washington were the first to approve ballot measures to legalize cannabis. Quickly, other states followed suit.
States Where Cannabis is Legal for Recreational Use
Over the last decade, nearly half of the states have gone legal, beginning in 2012. For the first time, weed became legal to purchase for recreational use in Colorado and Washington state.
In 2016, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and California all passed ballot measures to legalize cannabis. In 2018, Michigan and Vermont followed suit. In 2019, the U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands and the state of Illinois legalized the plant.
Since 2020, many more states have followed the trend, especially after seeing how well Colorado, Michigan, and a few other states have benefited from the tax dollars. Colorado, especially, has seen billions pour into their economy in excess and, in doing so, has been able to divert those funds towards other necessities, like education and the homelessness issue.
States and Territories Where Cannabis is Legal for Medical Use Only
States Where Cannabis is Still Completely Illegal
2022 Midterm Election Results
States Who Voted "Yes" to Legalize Cannabis
States Who Voted "No" to Legalize Cannabis
56% of voters in Arkansas turned down the measure to allow adults 21 years and over to buy, consume and possess cannabis legally.
Four years after voting “No” on a similar measure, 55% of voters opposed the ballot measure to legalize cannabis in North Dakota.
53% of voters in South Dakota voted against making marijuana legal. Two years ago, a measure did pass, but the State Supreme Court shot it down after contending it for violating a state requirement in the constitution.