(Editor’s note: This is part of “The United States of Weed,” a series on the movement to legalize marijuana for recreational use in New Jersey, and the potential impact it could have on Staten Island.)
Should New Jersey legalize recreational marijuana use, it would become the 10th state to do so.
Recreational marijuana use is currently legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. A law legalizing it in Vermont will go into effect July 1.
It also is legal in Washington, D.C.
Here are the medical and recreational marijuana laws — as well as the legal limits — for all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery, West view
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Medical: Limited (High CBD/Low THC oils), passed in 2014
Legal Limits: None
Qualifications: Oils must contain less than 3% THC
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Medical: Legal, passed in 1998
Recreational: Legal, passed in 2014
Medical: 1 ounce of marijuana, 6 plants (3 mature)
Recreational: 1 ounce of marijuana in public, 4 ounces of marijuana in residence, 6 plants (3 mature)
Recreational: Marijuana Control Board
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Medical: Legal, passed in 2011
Legal Limits: 2 and a half ounces of marijuana, 12 plants
Medical: Arizona Dept. of Health Services
Qualifications: Must live more than 25 miles from closest marijuana retailers to grow plants
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Medical: Legal, passed in 2016
Legal Limits: None
Medical: Medical Marijuana Commission
Qualifications: Medical marijuana system not yet operational