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The Ultimate State Cannabis Compliance Guide


The landscape of cannabis regulation in the United States has undergone a profound transformation as it is now legalized for medical and recreational use in numerous states across the country. However, this comes with a complex web of regulations and compliance requirements that vary from state to state.

Navigating this dynamic, evolving, and highly regulated framework can be a daunting task. Whether you are a cannabis industry professional, an enthusiast, or someone seeking to understand the legal framework surrounding cannabis, this resource aims to provide clarity amid the complexity, offering easy access to a wealth of information that can help you stay on the right side of the law and build a responsible, compliant cannabis business. We added dedicated sections for each state, featuring direct links to official government websites, regulatory agencies, state laws and regulations, licensing information, taxation details, local regulations and other relevant resources. 

Our commitment is to keep this resource up-to-date to the best of our ability, but we encourage all users to independently verify the information provided, as cannabis regulations are subject to frequent changes and updates.

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Medical marijuana is legal for treating specific medical conditions, but recreational use is not allowed. First-time possession of small amounts is a misdemeanor.



Adults aged 21 and older can possess and use marijuana. Giving it to those under 21 is illegal unless they have a medical card.



Both medical and recreational cannabis are legal. Anyone over 21 can possess up to an ounce.



Recreational use is illegal, but medical marijuana is allowed for qualified patients with physician approval.



Legalized medical cannabis in 1996, expanded to adult recreational use in 2016. Allows possession of up to one ounce of flower or eight grams of concentrate. Growing is allowed, but no consumption while driving or on federal land.



Legalized cannabis in 2012. Adults over 21 can possess one ounce of flower or concentrate.



Became the 17th state with a medical marijuana law. Specific conditions qualify for medical cannabis. Adults 21 and older can possess up to 1.5 ounces as of July 1, 2021.



Medical marijuana legalized in May 2011, allows individuals 18+ with severe illnesses to possess up to six ounces. Recreational use legalized for adults 21+ in April 2023, but growing for personal use remains illegal.



Medical cannabis was legalized in 2016. Patients with physician recommendation can have a 70-day supply, but growing is prohibited. Recreational use, even in small amounts, is still illegal.



Medical cannabis oil allowed for specific illnesses. Companies authorized to produce and distribute medicinal oil starting August 2021. Adult recreational use legislation is pending.



Medical cannabis has been allowed since 2000, but not for recreational use. Patients with qualifying conditions and state-issued cards can have up to four ounces. Possession of 3 grams is decriminalized.



Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance, illegal for possession, use, or manufacturing. Public use and being under the influence are also illegal.



Legalized both medical and recreational cannabis. Adults 21+ can buy up to 30 grams (non-residents up to 15 grams) since January 1, 2020.



Recreational use is illegal. Limited medical usage allows for CBD oil with specific labeling and THC content under 0.3%.



Legal for qualifying patients with a license card, but only in non-smokable forms like capsules, tinctures, and lotions. Recreational use remains illegal.



No comprehensive medical marijuana law; simple possession is punishable with jail time. Only THC-free CBD oil is legal.



Legalized medical marijuana on March 31, 2023. Patients with specific conditions can use cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation. Recreational use remains illegal.



Non-smokable medical cannabis is allowed with a 30-day supply. Decriminalized possession of less than 14 grams results in a $100 fine.



Legal for both medicinal and recreational use. Patients and caregivers can have up to 2.5 ounces. Recreational users can possess, transport, use, and gift up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and 5 grams of concentrate.



Legalized adult cannabis use, allowing possession of up to 1.5 ounces and growing two plants starting July 1, 2023.



Legal for both medical and recreational use. Adults can possess up to one ounce or five grams of concentrate. Limited to six plants at home.



First in the Midwest to legalize recreational use. Allows up to 2.5 ounces outside and ten ounces at home, with personal cultivation of up to 12 plants.



Legalized marijuana on May 30, 2023. Residents 21+ can possess two ounces in public and two pounds at home starting August 1, 2023.



Medical marijuana is allowed, but recreational use is illegal. Patients 18+ with a medical card can obtain products. Decriminalized possession of up to 30 grams.



Legalized both medical and recreational cannabis. Anyone 21+ can purchase, possess, and consume. Legislation took effect in December 2022.



Legal for medical and recreational use. Allows possession of up to one ounce and home cultivation of up to four mature plants for personal use.



Cannabis is strictly prohibited. Possession of less than 1 ounce is an infraction with fines and mandatory education for first offenses. Larger amounts or repeat violations may result in more severe penalties.



Allows both recreational and medicinal marijuana use. Adults 21+ can possess up to an ounce of cannabis or an eighth of concentrate. Home cultivation of up to six plants, with a max of 12 per household, is allowed.


New Hampshire

Medical use allowed for qualifying conditions, with a possession limit of two ounces. Potential legislation for cultivation and expunging records.


New Jersey

Legalized recreational and medicinal use in 2021. Adults 21+ can possess up to 6 ounces.

New Mexico

Legal for both medical and recreational use. Adults can possess up to two ounces of cannabis or 16 grams of extract. 


New York

Legalized recreational use. Allows up to six cannabis plants at home, cannabis delivery services, and social consumption sites.


North Carolina

Cannabis is banned for most uses except limited therapeutic usage. Legislation in progress for adult use. Possession of 0.5 ounces or less is a Class 3 misdemeanor.


North Dakota

Legal for medical use but prohibited for recreational use. Patients with a prescription can purchase up to three ounces from state-licensed dispensaries. 



Legal for medical use, but recreational use is prohibited. Decriminalized possession of up to 100 grams statewide since 1975, with some cities making further changes.



Legalized medical cannabis in 2018. Medical patients can possess up to three ounces, grow six plants, have an ounce of concentrate, 72 ounces of edibles, and eight ounces at home. Growing support for adult recreational use.



Legal for both medicinal and recreational use. Allows up to one ounce of cannabis, one ounce of concentrate, 16 ounces of edibles, 72 ounces of liquid, four mature plants, and ten seeds.



Recreational use is prohibited, but some major cities have decriminalized small possession. Medical use allowed since 2016.


Rhode Island

Legalized marijuana for adults in May 2022. Possession of less than one ounce is allowed for those 21 and older, with the ability to cultivate up to six plants, with three mature at a time. Possession of one to two ounces results in a fine, not imprisonment or a criminal record.


South Carolina

Cannabis use is illegal, but patients with qualifying conditions can use CBD extracts with over 15% CBD and less than 0.9% THC.


South Dakota

As of July 1, 2021, South Dakota has legalized the medical use of cannabis. Adult use is not legal in the state.



The use of cannabis, whether for medicinal or recreational purposes, is not allowed in the state. However, individuals with seizures can use cannabis oil containing high CBD and low THC.



Adult cannabis use is prohibited in Texas. Patients can access low-THC, high-CBD cannabis through a limited program.



Medical cannabis is allowed for specific conditions Those with approved prescriptions can possess up to 112 grams within 30 days. Recreational use is illegal, with potential criminal consequences even for small quantities.



Medical cannabis became available in 2016. In 2018, recreational use was extended to those 21 and older. Adults 21+ can possess up to one ounce and grow up to six marijuana plants privately.



Allows both medicinal and recreational cannabis use. The 17th state in the U.S. and the first in the South to legalize adult consumption. Those 21 and over can possess up to one ounce in public, and “adult sharing” is allowed.



Permits adult recreational and medical cannabis use. Medical patients can acquire up to 3 ounces, while those 21+ can purchase up to 1 ounce recreationally.

West Virginia

Legalized medical cannabis in 2017. Yet to decriminalize; possession is a misdemeanor punishable by 90 days to six months. Driving under the influence is prohibited.



Cannabis use, both medical and recreational, remains illegal. CBD from hemp with less than 0.3% THC is allowed.



Illegal for both recreational and medicinal use. CBD products from hemp with less than 0.3% THC are legal.

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