In addition to these fully legal states, another 18 states have legalized marijuana for medical use but not for recreational purposes. These include some places that might surprise you. Traditionally conservative states like Utah, North Dakota and Arizona belong to this group, as do Southern states like Florida and Louisiana.
In all, 12 states and Washington, D.C., have fully legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use. These include Alaska, California and Colorado as well as Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Illinois recently joined this growing group, which also includes Michigan, Nevada and the New England states of Maine and Massachusetts.
Whether you like to take a tiny toke now and then or have been thinking about getting into the burgeoning cannabis industry for fun and profit, you may have wondered what states is it legal to grow marijuana in?
Medical Use Only States
The simple answer: it’s complicated. But DripWorks is here to clarify matters as much as we can with our rundown of states where you can grow marijuana.
As you probably know, there has been a growing trend to legalizing cannabis in recent years. Ever since California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use in 1996, other states have been lining up to follow in that progressive state’s footsteps.
Where It’s Legal to Grow Cannabis
Many states have made cannabis legal for medical use. Starting with the states of Washington and Colorado in 2012, others have followed to legalize it for recreation as well as health.
Generally, you can grow pot legally in many of the states that have legalized marijuana. States that have approved cannabis for recreational as well as medicinal use generally have the most liberal growing laws. Alaska allows the most pot plants to be grown by individuals. Alaskans can better get through their frigid winters thanks to the state’s law allowing individuals to grow as many as a dozen pot plants for recreation or medicine. That may make it the best state to grow marijuana in if you happen to be looking for quantity for personal use, at least.
Conditions that qualify for medical marijuana prescriptions include:
Residents may posses up to one ounce recreational use. Possession of between one to 2.5 ounces of cannabis is a misdemeanor, while more than 2.5 ounces is considered a felony. The sale and delivery of marijuana is only illegal outside of the context of retail sales by state-licensed entities. Citizens may grow no more than three marijuana plants for non-commercial purposes.
Cannabis has been legal in North Dakota for medical purposes since 2016. If a resident possesses a qualifying condition, they may acquire up to three ounces of usable marijuana in 30-day period. Home cultivation, however, is not permitted.
New Mexico Marijuana Laws: Medical and Decriminalized
Introduced in 2019, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act could be the silver bullet solution to the difficulties that discourage most banks and credit unions from doing business with the cannabis industry, according to its supporters. This bill is designed to prevent ". a federal banking regulator from penalizing a depository institution for providing banking services to a legitimate marijuana-related business." The bill received the two-thirds majority vote required to pass the House in September 2019.
Nevada is currently poised to be one of the first states to introduce a banking system specifically for its cannabis industry. The system will be based around the exchange of electronic tokens, purchased by consumers through an app, which will then be used by consumers to buy products or for businesses to pay the state and local government.
Arizona Marijuana Laws: Legalized
As Hawaii-based institution have proven unwilling to provide financial services to medical marijuana dispensaries, a Colorado credit union has agreed to (temporarily) shoulder the responsibility. By signing up for the debit mobile app CanPay, a qualifying resident can receive QR codes that link to their checking account for the purpose of payment. This is the first cashless system for cannabis commerce in the U.S.
It is illegal to possess, use, purchase, sell, or cultivate marijuana in Kansas for either medical or recreational purposes. Possession of any amount, without the intent to distribute, is only a misdemeanor. The sale and delivery of cannabis, however, is considered a felony.