Cannabis Legislation Map

Following is a breakdown of the states where, as of Feb. 2, 2020, cannabis is legal for recreational or medical purposes.

The new decade kicked off with two additional states beginning sales of recreational cannabis.

Michigan adult-use sales began on Dec. 1 for retailers who also hold a license for a medical marijuana provisioning center. Sales nearly totaled $6.5 million in the first month. Michigan voters passed Proposition 1 in November 2018, which allows individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use cannabis and cannabis-infused edibles.

In 2019, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational cannabis. Sales began on Jan. 1, 2020, reaching nearly $40 million within the first month. Under the bill signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, 25% of tax revenue from cannabis sales will be used to redevelop impoverished communities.

Bills legalizing medical or recreational marijuana are currently being presented in several state legislatures, including Utah and Alabama. Other states, like New Jersey, will leave the decision up to voters in the November 2020 election.

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