Technically speaking, so far there are only 11 states with legal weed in 2020. Medicinal weed has already been legalized in 33 US states, while recreational use is permitted in 11 states and D.C. On January 1, Illinois allowed weed to be consumed recreationally. This action made the state the eleventh one to do so. These states as of the first half of 2020 are listed below.
|State||Legality of Weed Cultivation|
|Alaska||12 plants; or unlimited if licensed for commercial use|
|California||6 plants; or more if licensed for commercial use|
|Colorado||3 mature plants and 3 immature; or more if licensed for commercial use|
|Illinois||5 plants for medicinal use only; rules about growing for recreational use are yet to be made|
|Maine||3 mature and 12 immature plants; the number of seedlings is unlimited; more if commercially licensed|
|Massachusetts||1 oz (28 g) of cannabis outdoors, 10 oz (280 g) indoors, up to 6 plants|
|Nevada||6 plants; home growing is allowed if undertaken at least 25 miles away from a pot shop|
|Vermont||2 mature, 4 immature|
|Washington||6 plants per person for medical use; unspecified number for recreational use if licensed|
|D.C.||3 mature, 3 immature|
States That May Fully Legalize Cannabis by End of 2020
So far, four more states seem to be willing to follow suit. Legalization of marijuana for recreational consumption in New Jersey has already been approved for the November ballot. Eventually, people will decide on the issue. According to a survey, around 60% of New Jersey voters support legalization.
There’s a pretty high likelihood that a few other states will opt for the legalization of recreational consumption of cannabis among adults in 2020. Namely, the states are: New York, Florida, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Legality of Marijuana on Federal Level in 2020
Oddly enough, be the Controlled Substances Act, the statute establishing federal U.S. drug policy, cannabis, except for hemp, which contains less than 0.3% THC, is an illegal drug, along with heroin and LSD.
Low-THC hemp was legalized nationwide in 2018 and actually descheduled hemp-based CBD from the Controlled Substances Act.
Timeline of Weed Legalization
1. States began decriminalization
In 1973, decriminalization began. Possession of less than 1 oz of weed was first decriminalized. This happened in Oregon.
2. States began allowing medicinal use
In 1996, Californians decided that their state should allow people to use cannabis for medical purposes. California was the 1st state that legalized the medicinal use of cannabis.
3. States began allowing recreational use
2012 was the year when the long-awaited legalization for recreational use finally happened. The 1st two states that made weed legal were Colorado and Washington.