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Cannabis Column | September 30, 2022

Where is Marijuana Legal? All You Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization.

In this article, we will answer the question, “Where is marijuana legal?” Marijuana is legalized for medical or recreational use in some regions of the world and still outlawed in others.

Cannabis users traveling or relocating from one state or country to another should make sure they know the local rules and customs regarding cannabis. For example, you’d be breaking the law if you’re caught publicly or privately smoking marijuana in Singapore or France. But when you touch down in countries like Jamaica or Argentina, you can freely light up with complete confidence that you have the weight of the law on your side. In this article, we will discuss countries and regions where cannabis is legal, decriminalized, or at least mainstream and okay to use without getting into trouble. Whenever you are visiting a new state in the US or another country, you can refer to this guide to determine if you should take cannabis with you.

Countries Where Marijuana is Legal

Before we zero in on specific states in the US where marijuana is legal, let’s first take a broader look at countries where marijuana is legal. Here is a list of countries where you can smoke marijuana trouble-free:

  • Jamaica
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Netherlands
  • Colombia
  • Spain
  • Uruguay
  • South Africa
  • Belize
  • Czech Republic
  • Uruguay
  • Belgium
  • Portugal
  • Switzerland
  • Croatia
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Australia

Smoking marijuana has been decriminalized in most of the countries listed above. Before going all in, you should check the local laws and guidelines around possession, distribution, and personal cultivation in these regions to avoid landing yourself in legal trouble.

In the United States, cannabis is federally illegal, but many states have legalized the medical or recreational use of cannabis. The National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is fighting to reform harmful cannabis legislation.

States Where Weed Is Legal

Regarding the US, you might ask, “how many states is marijuana legal in?” The answer is thirty-eight.woman standing on peak in nature Here is a complete list of US states and territories where medical or recreational marijuana is legal:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Nevada
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia.

Where is Recreational Marijuana Legal?

With the list above being a collection of all states and territories in the US where both recreational and medical marijuana is legal, I’m sure the next question on your mind would be: “where is recreational marijuana legal?” woman hugging dog outside If you’re wondering where just recreational marijuana is legal, read the list below to find all the US states and territories where adults can use cannabis:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington

In conclusion, cannabis is currently at different stages and levels of legality around the world. One of the great things about states with legal cannabis is how many new jobs they have related to the cannabis industry. If you are looking to move to a legal state to get a job in cannabis, or maybe you want to start a remote cannabis business and you are looking to recruit the best talent, make sure to check out our article Americans Want to Live Where Weed is Legal. The information in this article may be incomplete or regulations may change, so make sure to do your own research regarding local laws, regulations, and customs if you are using cannabis in a new place. Nothing in this article is meant to be legal advice.

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