This post (by Lorimer Wilson, editor of munKNEE.com) presents a timeline of the growth in the number of states legalizing cannabis since California first did back in 1996 to 2019 when 75% of states had some sort of legalization or decriminalization.
Growth In Number Of States Legalizing Cannabis from 2000 to 2019
Timeline Of When Specific States Legalized Use Of Medical and/or Recreational Cannabis
|Phase 1: Medical Legalization||Phase 2: Recreational Legalization|
|1996: CA becomes first state to legalize medical cannabis.
1998: AK, OR, and WA legalize medical cannabis.
1999: ME legalizes medical cannabis.
2000: HI, NV, and CO legalize medical cannabis.
2001: NV decriminalize cannabis.
2004: MT and VT legalize medical cannabis.
2006: RI legalizes medical cannabis.
2007: NM legalizes medical cannabis.
2008: MI legalizes medical cannabis.
2009: NJ legalizes medical cannabis.
2010: DE legalizes medical cannabis.
2011: CT decriminalizes cannabis.
2012: CT legalizes medical cannabis.
2012: RI decriminalizes cannabis.
|2012: CO and WA become first two states to legalize recreational cannabis.
2013: VT decriminalizes cannabis.
2013: NH legalizes medical cannabis.
2014: MD and MO decriminalize cannabis.
2014: MN and NY legalize medical cannabis.
2014: UT becomes first state to legalize low-THC medical cannabis.
2014: AK and OR legalize recreational cannabis.
2014: AL, KY, WI, MS, TN, IA, SC, FL, NC, and MOlegalize low-THC medical cannabis.
2015: DE decriminalizes cannabis.
2015: LA legalizes medical cannabis.
2015: VA, GA, OK, TX, and, WY legalize low-THC medical cannabis.
2016: PA legalizes medical cannabis.
2016: OH legalizes medical cannabis.
2016: IL decriminalizes cannabis.
2016: CA, NV, and MA legalize recreational cannabis.
2017: WV legalizes medical cannabis.
2017: IN legalizes low-THC medical cannabis.
2017: NH decriminalizes cannabis.
2018: VT legalizes recreational cannabis.
2018: IN and KS legalizes CBD for any use.
2018: OK legalizes medical cannabis.
2018: MI legalizes recreational cannabis.
2018: MO and UT legalize medical cannabis.
2019: NM decriminalizes cannabis.
2019: ND decriminalizes cannabis.
2019: IL legalizes recreational cannabis.
2019: NY decriminalizes cannabis.
2019: HI decriminalizes cannabis.
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