Where Exactly is Pot Legal in the US

What is Pot?

Marijuana, or pot, is a plant that you can smoke to get high. It has been proven to have no negative effects on anyone who smokes it. You can get high by smoking it recreationally, and you can use it medicinally as a relief from pain if you have a serious illness. Despite all its benefits, it is legally considered a narcotic at the federal level, due to the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which put it in the same category as LSD.

The federal ban on pot is unlikely to change under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said, “No good person smokes marijuana.” Ironically, pot is in fact thought to cure people of addictions to dangerous drugs. Despite the federal ban, many states have taken steps to decriminalize it, legalize it, or allow it for medicinal use. Some states have completely legalized it, the first being Colorado.

States Where Pot Is Legal:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Some other states have taken measures to decriminalize it. Previously, being caught smoking pot could get you a lengthy sentence in jail, or in extreme cases, prison. However, in states where it has been decriminalized, you only need to pay a small fine if the cops catch you with it. Many of these states have a strict limit on exactly how much pot you can get caught with. If you get caught with any more than the state allows, they may upgrade your misdemeanor to a felony. Also, some states upgrade it to a felony if you are caught with it more than once.

States Where Pot Has Been Decriminalized:

  • Alabama (first use only)
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware (civil infraction)
  • Idaho (85 grams or less)
  • Illinois (civil infraction)
  • Indiana ($1000 fine)
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky (230 grams or less)
  • Maryland (10 grams or less)
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi (30 grams or less)
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska (first offense only)
  • New York (private use only)
  • North Carolina (half a gram or less)Ohio (civil infraction)
  • Rhode Island (civil infraction)
  • Tennessee (half a gram or less)
  • Utah
  • Vermont (civil infraction)
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin (first use only)
  • Wyoming

As stated previously, pot has some amazing medicinal benefits. Many states have recognized this, and they have legalized it if you have a documented illness that can be relieved from pot. CBD Oil can help with epilepsy, and some states only allow pot to be used in that instance.

States with Medical Marijuana:

  • Alabama (CBD Oil)
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (CBD Oil)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee (CBD Oil only)
  • Texas (CBD Oil only)
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

With America becoming more progressive, more states will end up legalizing it, and one day it may be legal in all of the United States.