A HISTORY OF MARIJUANA LAWS
A commission led by former Pennsylvania governor Raymond Shafer recommends to President Richard Nixon that marijuana be decriminalized.
Oregon decriminalizes possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
Colorado decrminalizes possession of one ounce or less of marijuana.
Ohio decriminalizes possession of 100 grams or less of marijuana.
California decriminalizes possession of
28.5 grams or less of marijuana.
Maine decriminalizes possession of 1.25 ounces or less of marijuana.
Minnesota decriminalizes possession of 42.5 grams or less of marijuana.
Mississippi decriminalizes possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana.
New York decriminalizes possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana.
North Carolina decriminalizes possession of half an ounce or less of marijuana.
Nebraska decriminalizes possession of one ounce or less of marijuana.
Ronald Reagan becomes president. His administration would take a tough stand against drugs, discouraging states from softening their marijuana policies.
California legalizes medical marijuana.
Oregon legalizes medical marijuana.
Washington legalizes medical marijuana.
Alaska legalizes medical marijuana.
Maine legalizes medical marijuana.
Hawaii legalizes medical marijuana.
Colorado legalizes medical marijuana.
Nevada legalizes medical marijuana and decriminalizes possession of one ounce or less of marijuana.
Maryland establishes a defendant’s medical condition as an affirmative defense in marijuana prosecutions.
Montana legalizes medical marijuana.
Vermont legalizes medical marijuana.
The U.S. Supreme Court found that the federal government could take steps prohibiting cultivation and distribution of marijuana despite state laws allowing medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich. The ruling reinforced the federal government’s supremacy over states in this area.
Rhode Island legalizes medical marijuna.
New Mexico legalizes medical marijuana.
Massachusetts decriminalizes possession of one ounce or less of marijuana.
Michigan legalizes medical marijuana.
The U.S. Department of Justice signals it will not aggressively prosecute suppliers or users of marijuana if they are complying with state medical marijuana laws.
Passed but not implemented
Washington, D.C., has passes a law legalizing medical marijuana.
New Jersey has passes a law legalizing medical marijuana.
Source:The National Conference of State Legislatures, the Marijuana Policy Project and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws