Laws of Cannabis Dispensaries for every city in America

Cannabis Dispensaries laws

The legalization of recreational marijuana is steadily spreading across the United States and multinational investors are already taking advantage of the relatively fresh but highly lucrative industry. Presently, more than half of the United States has legalized some form of Cannabis Dispensaries and some states have such high cannabis product demands, that offering cannabis delivery services will be the best way to sustain the current momentum. Although marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 drug and still illegal at the national level, it is believed that the drug will become fully legal in the near future. However, it is pertinent to be updated on the cannabis laws in each state.

States Where Recreational Cannabis is Legal

  • Colorado
  • Washington
  • Alaska
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Nevada
  • Washington DC

A list of states in America and the cannabis laws operational in each of them

Alabama: Marijuana has not been legalized in this state and penalties can be very strict.

AlaskaRecreational marijuana has been legalized in this state. Adults over the age of 21 can purchase from any cannabis dispensary in their area.

Arizona: Medical marijuana has attained a legal status, but recreational cannabis is yet to be legalized, due to the failure of the Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative in its recreational cannabis campaign in November 2016.

Arkansas: Medical Marijuana has been legalized in the state. Recreational cannabis is strictly prohibited and attracts legal penalties.

California: Medical marijuana use has been legal in California for a long time but recreational marijuana was also legalized when the California Prop. 64 passed in the November 2016 elections. Adults 21 and over can buy marijuana from dispensaries. Cannabis delivery service is also available to consumers in most counties.

Colorado: Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012. Adults, both medical and recreational users, can purchase cannabis from storefronts and dispensaries.

Connecticut: Medical marijuana is legal, but recreational cannabis is yet to acquire a legal status in Connecticut.

Delaware: Medical marijuana has been legalized, but recreational cannabis is yet to acquire a legal status in Delaware.

Florida: Medical marijuana is now legal in the state, but recreational cannabis is not yet legalized.

Georgia: Some CBD law passed in Georgia, but generally, marijuana remains illegal in the state.    

Hawaii: Medical cannabis has been legalized. The only eligible users are certified cannabis patients.

Idaho: Cannabis is not legal in Idaho and penalties can be very strict.

Illinois: Medical cannabis is legal in Illinois, but you cannot use marijuana for recreational purposes.

Indiana: Cannabis is not legal in this state and penalties can be very strict.

Iowa: Cannabis is not legal in this state and penalties can be very strict.

Kansas: Marijuana is yet to be legalized in this state and penalties can be very strict.  

Kentucky: Cannabis is not legal in Kentucky and penalties for possession can be very strict.

Louisiana: Medical marijuana is legal but it hasn’t been legalized for recreational purposes.

Maine: Medical and recreational cannabis are legal. The Maine Marijuana Legalization Act was passed on November 8th, and adults over the age of 21 will have access to legal cannabis very soon.

Maryland: Medical marijuana is legal but it hasn’t been legalized for recreational purposes.

Massachusetts: Medical and Recreational marijuana are now legal in the state. Recreational shops should open soon. Cannabis delivery service might also be an option offered by some stores.

Michigan: Medical cannabis is legal but it hasn’t been legalized for recreational purposes.

Minnesota: Medical cannabis is now legal, but recreational cannabis is yet to be legalized.

Mississippi: Cannabis is illegal in this state and penalties can be very strict.

Missouri: Cannabis is illegal in this state and penalties can be very strict.

Montana: Medical marijuana is now legal, but recreational cannabis is not.

Nebraska: Medical marijuana is now legal, but recreational cannabis is not.

Nevada: Medical and recreational marijuana has been legalized. Initiative Petition 1 passed in the November 2016 elections, and adults over the age of 21 can now make legal recreational cannabis purchases (as of July 1, 2017). Cannabis delivery may be available in Nevada.

New Hampshire: Medical marijuana is now legal but recreational pot is not legal.

New Jersey: Medical marijuana is now legal but recreational pot is not legal.

New Mexico: Medical marijuana is now legal but recreational pot is not legal.

New York: Medical marijuana is now legal but recreational pot is not legal.

North Carolina: Some form of CBD law passed in NC, but other forms of marijuana remain illegal.

North Dakota: Medical marijuana is now legal in the state, but recreational cannabis is not yet legal.

Ohio: Medical marijuana is legal in restricted forms for patients with specific medical conditions. This means that they can’t grow, smoke, or possess flowers. The program is anticipated to start off by January 2018 but, there have been no developments about the situation.

Oklahoma: Some form of CBD law has passed, but other forms of marijuana remain illegal.

Oregon: Recreational marijuana has been legalized in Oregon. Adults 21 years over can purchase cannabis from local dispensaries.

Pennsylvania: Marijuana has not been legalized in this state and penalties can be very strict.

Puerto Rico: Medical Marijuana has been legal since early 2015, and medical cannabis dispensaries are open as of January 2017.

Rhode Island: Medical marijuana has been legalized, but recreational marijuana is not yet legal.

South Carolina: Marijuana is not legal in this state and penalties can be very strict.

South Dakota: Marijuana is not legal in this state and penalties can be very strict.

Tennessee: Some form of CBD law passed in Tennessee but other forms of marijuana remain illegal.

Texas: Some form of CBD law passed in Texas but other forms of marijuana remain illegal.

Utah: Some form of CBD law passed in Utah but other forms of marijuana remain illegal.

Vermont: Medical and Recreational Cannabis are legal in Vermont. There are no cannabis dispensaries open to the public yet, but lounges and shops are expected to be opened soon.

Virginia: Marijuana is not legal in this state and penalties can be very strict.

Washington DC: Recreational marijuana is legal in Washington DC, but there are currently no recreational cannabis dispensaries open to the public. The only way to purchase marijuana in Washington DC currently is with a medical card.

Washington: Recreational marijuana is legal in Washington. If you’re over 21 years over, you can buy cannabis from dispensaries.

West Virginia: Recreational Cannabis is not legal in this state and penalties can be very strict. Medical Cannabis was legalized in 2017, but cannabis dispensaries won’t open until 2019.

Wisconsin: Cannabis is not legal in this state and penalties can be very strict.

Wyoming: Cannabis is not legal in this state and penalties can be very strict.

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Comments (3)

  1. Moize April 16, 2018 / 10:59 pm / Reply

    Very useful information .. thanks

  2. Hapiz April 20, 2018 / 6:16 am / Reply

    Thanks for all updates and current information.

  3. Mamun April 20, 2018 / 6:49 am / Reply

    This is great info. As a smoker I am very happy.

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