Cannabis Policy Topics

Recreational Use of Cannabis: Volume 1

Laws legalizing the cultivation, sale, or use of cannabis for other than medical purposes, together with laws imposing various prohibitions and restrictions on such practices.

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Timeline of changes for Recreational Use of Cannabis: Volume 1
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AlabamaNo Change
Alaska            
  • Jurisdiction: Alaska
  • Effective Date of Change: 2/24/2015
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
  • Jurisdiction: Alaska
  • Effective Date of Change: 5/5/2015
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
  
  • Jurisdiction: Alaska
  • Effective Date of Change: 2/21/2016
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
  • Jurisdiction: Alaska
  • Effective Date of Change: 5/28/2016
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
          
  • Jurisdiction: Alaska
  • Effective Date of Change: 1/1/2019
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
ArizonaNo Change
ArkansasNo Change
California                   
  • Jurisdiction: California
  • Effective Date of Change: 11/9/2016
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
 
  • Jurisdiction: California
  • Effective Date of Change: 6/27/2017
  • Change: Multiple changes
  • Details
 
  • Jurisdiction: California
  • Effective Date of Change: 12/7/2017
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
  • Jurisdiction: California
  • Effective Date of Change: 1/1/2018
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
    
Colorado   
  • Jurisdiction: Colorado
  • Effective Date of Change: 12/10/2012
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
 
  • Jurisdiction: Colorado
  • Effective Date of Change: 5/28/2013
  • Change: Multiple changes
  • Details
 
  • Jurisdiction: Colorado
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/15/2013
  • Change: Added any additional restriction or prohibition
  • Details
  
  • Jurisdiction: Colorado
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/30/2014
  • Change: Added any additional restriction or prohibition
  • Details
    
  • Jurisdiction: Colorado
  • Effective Date of Change: 11/30/2015
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
      
  • Jurisdiction: Colorado
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2017
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
      
ConnecticutNo Change
DelawareNo Change
District of Columbia            
  • Jurisdiction: District of Columbia
  • Effective Date of Change: 2/26/2015
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
                
FloridaNo Change
GeorgiaNo Change
HawaiiNo Change
IdahoNo Change
IllinoisNo Change
IndianaNo Change
IowaNo Change
KansasNo Change
KentuckyNo Change
LouisianaNo Change
Maine                    
  • Jurisdiction: Maine
  • Effective Date of Change: 1/30/2017
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
  • Jurisdiction: Maine
  • Effective Date of Change: 6/29/2017
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
  • Jurisdiction: Maine
  • Effective Date of Change: 8/2/2017
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
 
  • Jurisdiction: Maine
  • Effective Date of Change: 2/1/2018
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
  • Jurisdiction: Maine
  • Effective Date of Change: 5/2/2018
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
   
MarylandNo Change
Massachusetts                   
  • Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
  • Effective Date of Change: 12/15/2016
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
  
  • Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/28/2017
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
 
  • Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
  • Effective Date of Change: 3/23/2018
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
    
Michigan                           
  • Jurisdiction: Michigan
  • Effective Date of Change: 12/6/2018
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
 
MinnesotaNo Change
MississippiNo Change
MissouriNo Change
MontanaNo Change
NebraskaNo Change
Nevada                    
  • Jurisdiction: Nevada
  • Effective Date of Change: 1/1/2017
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
 
  • Jurisdiction: Nevada
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2017
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
      
New HampshireNo Change
New JerseyNo Change
New MexicoNo Change
New YorkNo Change
North CarolinaNo Change
North DakotaNo Change
OhioNo Change
OklahomaNo Change
Oregon              
  • Jurisdiction: Oregon
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2015
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
  • Jurisdiction: Oregon
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/5/2015
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
  • Jurisdiction: Oregon
  • Effective Date of Change: 1/1/2016
  • Change: Multiple changes
  • Details
 
  • Jurisdiction: Oregon
  • Effective Date of Change: 6/28/2016
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
          
PennsylvaniaNo Change
Rhode IslandNo Change
South CarolinaNo Change
South DakotaNo Change
TennesseeNo Change
TexasNo Change
UtahNo Change
Vermont                          
  • Jurisdiction: Vermont
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2018
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
  
VirginiaNo Change
Washington   
  • Jurisdiction: Washington
  • Effective Date of Change: 12/6/2012
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
   
  • Jurisdiction: Washington
  • Effective Date of Change: 11/21/2013
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
 
  • Jurisdiction: Washington
  • Effective Date of Change: 6/12/2014
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
   
  • Jurisdiction: Washington
  • Effective Date of Change: 4/24/2015
  • Change: Added any additional restriction or prohibition
  • Details
  • Jurisdiction: Washington
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2015
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
              
West VirginiaNo Change
WisconsinNo Change
WyomingNo Change
United StatesNo Change