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Where Recreational Cannabis Is Now Legal in the United States

In the 2020 U.S. elections, 4 states approved measures legalizing recreational marijuana, bringing the total to 15.

Marijuana has emerged as a rare point of consensus among U.S. voters in the 2020 elections. In red states as well as blue states, the population has legalized stoned states. 

In November 2020, ballot measures in favor of recreational cannabis passed in New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota, and Mississippi became the 34th state to approve medical marijuana.

Voters in Oregon and Washington, D.C., where medical and recreational cannabis are already legal, went a step further and gave the okay for the therapeutic use of psychedelic mushrooms.

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As recently as a decade ago, recreational pot was illegal in all 50 states. But Colorado and Washington State lifted their prohibitions in 2012, and several other places have since followed. With 2020's latest results, a total of 15 states, 2 territories, and Washington, D.C., all permit recreational use

Up to now, voters have approved medical marijuana in their states first, with a later ballot measure allowing recreational pot. But South Dakota made history this week for being the first state to approve medical and recreational use in the same election. 

Here's the full list of U.S. states and territories where recreational use is now legal:

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Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
District of Columbia
Guam
Illinois
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan
Montana
Nevada
New Jersey
Northern Mariana Islands
Oregon
South Dakota
Vermont
Washington 

For travelers from other places, buying legal weed from a dispensary is straightforward, but laws for where you may partake (usually not in public or in your hotel room and never with minors) and the strictness of enforcement may vary by location. 

If you need help getting started, check out our step-by-step guides for out-of-towners looking to buy pot in Colorado and California, two places where the tourism infrastructure and cannabis entrepreneurship are both well established. 

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