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Where is Cannabis Legal? A State-by-State Guide*

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The cannabis industry is rapidly growing. In fact, it’s now a multibillion-dollar business that employs over 300,000 people in the U.S. Many fashion brands are also taking part in collaborations with cannabis brands to market apparel and accessories.

It can be challenging to keep up on the legality of cannabis use from state to state, so we’re providing the cheat sheet below to help keep up. We’ve broken it down into three categories: legal for recreational use, legal for medicinal use, and illegal. 

Legality is rapidly changing across the country, so be sure to double-check your state’s laws using official resources, but the below information can be a helpful start to your research. 

States where cannabis is legal for recreational use: 

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington, DC



States where cannabis is legal only for medicinal purposes:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia: CBD oil only legal for medical use
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana: CBD oil only legal for medical use
  • Iowa: CBD oil only legal for medical use
  • Kentucky: CBD oil only legal for medical use
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas: CBD oil only legal for medical use
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin: CBD oil only legal for medical use

States where cannabis is still illegal:

  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Wyoming

*This information is accurate as of August 16, 2021.

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