Cannabis Policy Topics

Recreational Use of Cannabis

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
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AK            
  • 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
   
ALNo Change
ARNo Change
AZNo Change
CA                   
  • Jurisdiction: California
  • Effective Date of Change: 11/9/2016
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
  • Jurisdiction: California
  • Effective Date of Change: 1/1/2017
  • Change: Other changes
  • Details
CO   
  • 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: 1/1/2014
  • Change: Multiple changes
  • 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
     
CTNo Change
DC            
  • Jurisdiction: District of Columbia
  • Effective Date of Change: 2/26/2015
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
        
DENo Change
FLNo Change
GANo Change
HINo Change
IANo Change
IDNo Change
ILNo Change
INNo Change
KSNo Change
KYNo Change
LANo Change
MA                   
  • Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
  • Effective Date of Change: 12/15/2016
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
 
MDNo Change
MENo Change
MINo Change
MNNo Change
MONo Change
MSNo Change
MTNo Change
NCNo Change
NDNo Change
NENo Change
NHNo Change
NJNo Change
NMNo Change
NV                    
  • Jurisdiction: Nevada
  • Effective Date of Change: 1/1/2017
  • Change: Law legalizing recreational cannabis use adopted
  • Details
NYNo Change
OHNo Change
OKNo Change
OR              
  • 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
  
PANo Change
RINo Change
SCNo Change
SDNo Change
TNNo Change
TXNo Change
UTNo Change
VANo Change
VTNo Change
WA   
  • 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: 7/24/2015
  • Change: Multiple changes
  • Details
      
WINo Change
WVNo Change
WYNo Change
USNo Change