This week, the cannabis legalization movement has officially exploded into the United States with legalization measures being approved by voters in Oregon, Alaska, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territory of Guam. To help you understand the policy reform in America, Live Science has provided this easy to read map to keep you up to date.
Adults aged twenty-one and over are able to legally use marijuana, and purchase it from a dispensary for recreational use in the states colored green. The asterisk is used to mark the states and district, Oregon, Alaska and D.C., where the bills have not yet become law because the changes were just voted in this week. States with a plus sign and a peach colored background have decriminalized marijuana possession, and legalized it for medical use. States with a plus sign and a white background have legalized marijuana only for medicinal use, where patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions may obtain a physician recommendation to use it. States colored in orange have laws in place to decriminalize marijuana possession for personal use, and the plant is still illegal in the states colored red.
Click here to find out which states are home to the highest percentage of marijuana users.
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