U.S. States with Legal Recreational Marijuana

December 28, 2018


Every state has its own laws about marijuana. Some states do not allow for any use of marijuana, so it is always illegal. Other states allow for the use of medical marijuana. And, other states allow people to use marijuana for recreational use. Here are those states:



Marijuana has been legal for recreational use since February 2015 in Alaska. It is legal for adults 21 and older to have up to an ounce of marijuana and six plants. You cannot give marijuana to anyone under the age of 21 unless they have a medical marijuana card. Just like many other states, it is illegal to use marijuana and drive. This is considered impaired driving and can lead to fines and arrest. You cannot use any marijuana products in public, this includes smoking. You can only use it on private property. However, landlords and hotels can prohibit the use at all, so you need to check before you use if it is not your property.



In November 2016, it became legal to use marijuana recreationally under the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64). Adults 21 and older can possess, transport, and purchase up to one ounce of marijuana or eight grams of concentrate. In addition, they can give it away to another adult. On private property, you can have six live plants as long as they are out of public view. You can smoke marijuana in public, just like tobacco. There are some limitations, including prohibition near a school or where children would be present. However, you cannot use marijuana while driving or riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle.



Possession, consumption and retail sale of marijuana was made legal in November 2012. It is legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of retail marijuana. It is also legal for adults to grow up to six plants privately for their own use. The only way for someone under the age of 21 to use or possess marijuana is if they have a medical marijuana card. There are also rules about how much residents and non-residents can purchase. A resident can purchase one ounce and a non-resident can purchase a quarter of an ounce. While you can purchase marijuana at a retail shop, you cannot sell marijuana to another person and you cannot give your marijuana to s