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    Where Is Pot Legal? | Best States


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    Four states – Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota – passed legislation on Election Day to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults. That brings the total number of states where recreational marijuana has been legalized to 15. The District of Columbia and Guam have also enacted legalization measures.

    According to 2019 U.S. Census estimates, more than 110 million Americans now live in a state that has legalized marijuana.

    The wave of initiatives to legalize marijuana began in 2012, and has mostly been driven by coastal states. More states are likely to join their ranks in the coming years, as about two-thirds of American adults support marijuana legalization, according to a 2019 survey by the Pew Research Center.

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    States have been setting their own guidelines for the legality of marijuana use and the quantities they deem legal for a resident to possess. At the federal level, however, the Drug Enforcement Administration continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug, β€œwith no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

    Here are the 15 states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, as of November 2020. States appear in chronological order for when their legalization measures were approved:

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