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Status of State Cannabis Legalization: November 2022

This brief provides an update to the status of state cannabis laws in the United States, following the November 2022 election. Although cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, 37 states and the District of Columbia have now legalized medical cannabis use, with 22 of those jurisdictions also legalizing recreational cannabis use. Overall, almost 73% of U.S. residents now live in a state with legalized medical or recreational cannabis use.

Map of State Cannabis Legalization: November 2022

Map: Status of State Marijuana Legalization - November 2020

Legalization by State and Population: November 2022

Table - States and Population with Legalized Use - November 2020