States with medical marijuana laws States that have removed jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana States that have both a medical marijuana law and have removed jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana Marijuana is legal for adults and is taxed and regulated similarly to alcohol; state also has a medical marijuana law
MPP has been responsible for most of the major state-level marijuana policy reforms enacted in the past decade. MPP played the leading role in drafting, funding, and staffing the historic 2012 Amendment 64 initiative in Colorado — which made the state the first place in history to legalize marijuana for adults and regulate it like alcohol — and led the coalitions that passed measures to legalize and regulate marijuana in Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada in 2014 and 2016.
MPP and the campaign committees it funded also played a leading role in successful efforts to pass 12 of the 21 most recent state medical marijuana laws (in Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont) and six of the eight most recent decriminalization laws (in Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont).
Looking forward, MPP is devoting significant resources to ending prohibition in eight more states by 2019. MPP is lobbying and building coalitions to regulate marijuana like alcohol via several state legislatures: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont. We are also exploring teaming up with Michigan advocates to legalize and regulate marijuana in 2018. In the states where cannabis has not already been decriminalized — New Hampshire and Texas — we are working to achieve that reform first. MPP is also advocating for medical marijuana-related bills in several other states, including, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Texas.
In addition, MPP monitors and analyzes all marijuana-related bills in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Use the links on the right to choose your state, to learn about current marijuana-related legislation or initiatives in your state, or to contact your state legislators. Also, we invite you to review MPP’s resources in support of decriminalization, legalization and regulation, and medical marijuana.