Here Is A State-By-State Breakdown Of Every Weed Law And Penalty That You Need To Know

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Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington are the only four states in America where the use of cannabis, better known as marijuana, is legal to use, sell, transport, grow, and own. Our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., has also legalized marijuana becoming the first time in American history that a sitting President can legally smoke a bowl of marijuana during the State of the Union Address. (It’s not likely to ever happen but you get the idea.)

What about the other 46 states? When will they be changing their laws to legalize marijuana?

In 2016, a few more states should be legalizing pot but since this is one of those sensitive topics of discussion, there are no surefire picks. Of the remaining 46 states, only 10 to 15 of them are close enough to consider them a probability for legalization in 2016. Nevada is the only state with the topic on the ballot, officially, for 2016 already.

If you are in one of the states where pot is legal, you have mostly nothing to worry about.

But for the rest of the country, the laws and legality behind marijuana can be a bit confusing. So much, in fact, that we have put together this list of every state’s laws and where they stand in the legalization process. It could be simple policy proposals to full fledge campaigns to get this topic on their state’s ballot this upcoming November. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of the weed laws by state.


 

States with Legalized Cannabis Still have Laws

Alaska

Alaska

  • Possession
    • 1 oz or less: Legal
    • 1 – 4 oz in your residence: Legal
    • 1 – less than 4 oz: Misdemeanor, 1 year, $10,000
    • 4 oz or more: Felony, 5 years, $50,000
    • Any amount within 500 ft of school grounds or recreation center: Felony, 5 years,$50,000
    • Public Consumption: Violation, $100
    • Less than 1 oz (w/ Intent to distribute): Misdemeanor, 1 year, $10,000
    • 1 oz or more (w/ Intent to distribute): Felony, 5 years, $50,000
  • Sale
    • Less than 1 oz: Misdemeanor, 1 year, $10,000
    • 1 oz or more: Felony, 5 years, $50,000
    • To a person under 19 who is 3 years or more younger than the seller: Felony, 10 years, $100,000
  • Cultivation
    • Up to 6 plants (No more than 3 mature): Legal
    • 6 – 25 plants in your residence: Legal
    • 25 plants or more: Felony, 5 years, $1,000
    • To a person under 19 who is 3 years or more younger than the seller: Felony, 10 years, $100,000

Colorado

Colorado

  • Possession
    • 1 oz or less: Legal
    • Transfer of 1 oz or less for no remuneration: Legal
    • More than 1 – 2 oz: Petty Offense, $100
    • Open and Public displays or uses of 2 oz or less: Petty Offense, $100
    • More than 2 – 6 oz: Misdemeanor,  0 – 12 months, $700
    • More than 6 – 12 oz: Misdemeanor, 6 – 18 months, $5,000
    • More than 12 oz: Felony, 1 – 2 years, $100,000
  • Sale
    • 4 oz or less: Misdemeanor, 6 – 18 months, $5,000
    • More than 4 – 12 oz: Felony, 6 months – 2 years, $100,000
    • More than 12 oz – 5 lbs: Felony, 2 – 6 years, $500,000
    • More than 5 – 50 lbs: Felony, 4 – 16 years, $750,000
    • More than 50 lbs: Felony, 8 – 32 years, $1,000,000
  • Cultivation
    • 6 plants or fewer (21 years or older): Legal
    • 6 – 30 plants: Felony, 6 months – 2 years, $100,000
    • More than 30 plants: Felony, 2 – 6 years, $500,000

Oregon

Oregon

  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • 8 oz or less in your residence: Legal
  • 1 oz or less: Legal anywhere in the state
  • Up to 4 plants per residence, out of public view: Legal
  • Public Use of marijuana remains illegal
  • You can make edible products and receive them as gifts with marijuana cooked into them and then consume them in private places or residences.

Washington

Washington

  • Possession
    • 1 oz or less (Private consumption): Legal
    • 1 oz or less (Public consumption): Civil Penalty, $100
    • 1 oz – 40 g: Misdemeanor, 24 hours* – 90 days, $1,000
    • More than 40 g: Felony, 5 years, $10,000
  • Sale
    • Any amount: Felony, 5 years, $10,000
    • To a minor at least 3 years younger: Felony, 10 years, $10,000
  • Cultivation
    • Any amount: Felony, 5 years, $10,000
  • Other Laws

Washington D.C. (Federal District, not a State)

Washington DC

  • Possession
    • 2 oz or less (21 years or younger): Legal
    • 6 plants or less: Legal
    • More than 2 oz: Misdemeanor, 6 months, $1,000
  • Sale, Distribution, Intent to Distribute, Cultivation
    • 1/2 lb or less (1st Offense): 6 months, $1,000
    • Subsequent Offense: 2 years, $5,000
    • Any amount: 5 years, $50,000


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