Medical marijuana has quickly become one of the most approved ballot initiatives in the United States, with well over half of all states supporting medical use and one-fifth supporting recreational usage.
Each legal state has varying laws around usage and the types of marijuana that can be grown, purchased, or recommended by a certified medical marijuana doctor. While the laws vary from state-to-state, one thing is for sure: 64% of Americans favor legalization, and even conservative voters are on board the weed train.
Medical cannabis was first introduced to the US in California in 1996, and 10 years later the state made it legal to carry a sandwich-sized bag — an ounce — with the legalization of recreational usage and carry.
In green-friendly Colorado, there are more places to buy recreational weed than there are McDonald’s and Starbucks. Combined.
Other states that are newer to the cannabis game include Florida where only medically-approved patients are able to purchase the drug from state-approved medical marijuana dispensaries. And in the late adopter which is Florida, the consumption of the plant does not include flower, showing some restraint where other states are opening up marijuana options on every street corner.
So, what’s next for medical and recreational weed states? Chances are it’s probably coming to your state or a shopping center near you.
Fully Legal Marijuana States are states that allow medical and recreational marijuana usage for adults over 21 years of age.
Medically Legal Marijuana States are states that only allow medical marijuana usage.
Illegal Marijuana States are states that don’t allow medical, or recreational, marijuana usage.
10: The number of recreational states (including Washington, D.C.) — those that don’t require a doctor’s letter — that marijuana is permitted in.
30: The number of states in which medical marijuana is permitted.