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Status of State Marijuana Legalization: November 2020

This brief provides an update to the status of state marijuana laws in the United States, following the November 2020 election. Although marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, 35 states and the District of Columbia have now legalized medical marijuana, with sixteen (16) of those jurisdictions also legalizing recreational marijuana use. Overall, nearly 69% of U.S. residents now live in a state with legalized medical or recreational marijuana use. 

Map of State Marijuana Legalization: November 2020

Map: Status of State Marijuana Legalization - November 2020

Legalization by State and Population: November 2020

Table - States and Population with Legalized Use - November 2020

Population Under State Legalization: November 2020

Bar Graph - Legalization Affected Population by Type and Time