Last updated: February 24, 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. Bills have already been filed in 30 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: 18 + D.C.

  • Arizona (H 2003)
  • Connecticut (S.B. 11, H.B. 5194, H.B. 5539, H.B. 6518)
  • Hawaii (HB 449, HB 1464, HB 205, S 548)
  • Kansas (SB 178)
  • Kentucky (S 76)
  • Maryland (SB 0927, SB 0928, HB 1185, HB 1186)
  • Minnesota (HF 926, HF 927, SF 1320)
  • Mississippi (S.B. 2379, H.B. 1443, H.B. 1444, these bills died in committee)
  • Missouri (HJR 21, constitutional amendment)
  • New Hampshire (HB 656, also SB 233 would make possession and cultivation legal and set up a study committee on regulating production/sales)
  • New Jersey (A 2068)
  • New Mexico (H.B. 89, S.B. 278, SJR 19)
  • New York (S 3040, A 3506)
  • Pennsylvania (S.B. 213)
  • Rhode Island (H 5555)
  • Texas (HJR 64 and SJR 18, constitutional amendment)
  • Vermont (H. 490, also H. 170 would make it legal for adults to grow and possess marijuana, but it does not set up a regulatory system)
  • Wyoming (HJR 11, constitutional amendment, failed)
  • Washington, D.C. (B22-0030)

(Eight states have already passed laws to regulate marijuana like alcohol.)

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: 10

(Twenty-one states and Washington, D.C. have already decriminalized or legalized marijuana possession.)

Effective Medical Marijuana Bills

States with bills to create comprehensive medical cannabis programs: 16

(Twenty-eight states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam already have effective medical marijuana laws.)

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.