Last updated: January 17, 2017


Sixty-eight percent of Americans live in states that have reformed their marijuana laws by allowing medical marijuana, imposing a fine — not possible jail time — on marijuana possession, or making marijuana legally available and regulated for adults’ use.

With polls showing that a majority of Americans support making marijuana use legal, and with 86% support for allowing medical marijuana, lawmakers are increasingly realizing the public supports marijuana policy reforms. States’ 2017 legislative sessions are just starting to begin, but bills have already been filed in 11 states to rethink failed marijuana policies.

Click on the state names below to learn more about efforts in your state and to take action in support of marijuana policy reform.

Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Legislation

States with bills to legalize and regulate marijuana: 7

  • Arizona (H 2003, pre-filed)
  • Connecticut (S.B. 11, H.B. 5539)
  • Kentucky (S 76)
  • Missouri (HJR 21, constitutional amendment)
  • New Hampshire (LSR 543, pre-filed, also LSR 934 would make possession and cultivation legal and set up a study committee on regulating production/sales)
  • New Jersey (A 2068)
  • Texas (HJR 64 and SJR 18, constitutional amendment)

Bills to Remove Possible Jail Time — Often Imposing a Fine — for Simple Possession (“Decriminalization”) 

States with bills to stop jailing those who possess small amounts of marijuana: 5

  • Arizona (H 2002, pre-filed)
  • New Hampshire (LSR 69, pre-filed)
  • New Jersey (A 2050, A 2614 — makes marijuana legal but does not impose regulation, subject to voter approval)
  • Texas (HB 81, SB 170)
  • Virginia (SB 908, pre-filed, HB 1906, SB 1269)

Effective Medical Marijuana Bills

States with bills to create comprehensive medical cannabis programs: 6

Don’t see your state?

If no lawmakers have taken the lead in your state, send your state legislators a note to ask them to stand up for humane and sensible marijuana policies. Take a few moments to email them in support of medical marijuana, decriminalization, or legalizing and regulating marijuana.