Where in the World is Cannabis Legal?

Updated Dec 06, 2018

Where is is legal to for you to enjoy cannabis? Get the laws about medical marijuana for your country and/or state, as well as laws about recreational cannabis. We’ll be adding to this list as more places legalize marijuana!


Canada passed Bill C-45, or the Cannabis Act, which legalized personal use and cultivation of cannabis for all adults! Storefronts opened on October 17, 2018. The bill makes marijuana legal but lets each province set age limits (typically between 18-21) and other restrictions, including whether cannabis can be legally sold in retail stores. The federal law allows adults to grow up to 4 cannabis plants per household.

Learn more about cannabis legalization in Canada (Government of Canada Website)

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United States

While cannabis is illegal at the federal level, many states have enacted various levels of legalization. It is extremely rare for individual people to be targeted by federal law enforcement if they are legal in their own state. Read current news from NORML about cannabis legalization in the US.

Here are the laws for cannabis in the United States:

Cannabis is Legal for Adults (Recreational Cannabis)

  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Maine
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Michigan
  7. Nevada
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Oregon
  10. Washington
  11. Washington, DC (District of Columbia)
  12. Vermont

Medical Marijuana is Legal

  1. Arizona
  2. Arkansas
  3. Connecticut
  4. Delaware
  5. Florida
  6. Hawaii
  7. Illinois
  8. Louisiana
  9. Maryland
  10. Missouri
  11. Montana
  12. Minnesota
  13. New Jersey
  14. New Mexico
  15. New York
  16. North Dakota
  17. Ohio
  18. Pennsylvania
  19. Rhode Island
  20. West Virginia
  21. Utah

No Significant Legalization

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Idaho
  4. Indiana
  5. Iowa
  6. Kansas
  7. Kentucky
  8. Mississippi
  9. Nebraska
  10. North Carolina
  11. Oklahoma
  12. Puerto Rico
  13. South Carolina
  14. South Dakota
  15. Tennessee
  16. Texas
  17. Virgin Islands
  18. Virginia
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Wyoming


In December 2013, Uruguay became the first federal government in the world to legalize cannabis for adults (recreational weed) in the modern era.

Learn more about cannabis laws in Uruguay on Wikipedia

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