Legal Status of Marijuana in 2024: State and International Perspectives

Legal Status of Marijuana in 2024: State and International Perspectives

As of April 2024, recreational marijuana has been legalized in 24 states, representing nearly half of the United States, according to the Pew Research Center.

These states where recreational cannabis is legal are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. Additionally, recreational marijuana is legal in Washington, D.C.

Recreational use is limited to adults aged 21 and older in these legal states.

Where is marijuana illegal in 2024? In Nebraska and North Carolina, marijuana remains illegal but is decriminalized, meaning individuals face penalties but not prosecution for certain amounts of cannabis.

In Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin, marijuana is illegal and not decriminalized, although CBD products are permitted. Meanwhile, in Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina, and Wyoming, marijuana and all cannabis products are illegal, with no decriminalization in effect.

Which other countries have legalized marijuana? Several countries have legalized marijuana, including Canada, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand.

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