Law by Law, Marajuana

This map combines the recreational and medical aspects of marajuana. Red is illegal across the board, as usual, and green is approved for both medical and recreational use. Blue is medical only. If you live in such a state, take the time to get a med card; it isn't hard to do, and could make the difference between freedom and jail.

Sadly, the federal government remains staunchly red, so even if marajuana is legal in your state, the police can arrest you for a federal crime. They probably won't though, unless you're black.

Connecticut, Georgia, and Virginia have unusually harsh punishments for use without a med card, thus blue (medical use) is downgraded to pink. They can suspend your license for a marajuana offense. Conservative marketing campaigns notwithstanding, driving is a right, not a privilege, and it must not be revoked over trivial matters. Driving laws are the foot that stomps upon the poor and the minorities, and such laws recur again and again on this website.

Some states, e.g. New York, do not allow smoking, even for medical use; yet some patients need to smoke. Edibles are not always the answer. These states are downgraded from blue to pink.

Some cities have legalized marajuana, even though their state has not. Needless to say, this leads to confusion, but hey, somebody's got to lead the way.


map of states where marajuana is legal

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Please send along any corrections or new information. I am not always up to date on all the laws in all 50 states. Unlike most of the laws on this website, marajuana laws are being track by other agencies. The information on wikipedia, or, may be more up to date and comprehensive. This is the only law that is changing fast - probably because it affects everyone, not just the poor and the minorities.

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