Many states and localities have restricted the number of dispensaries and cultivators or limit their size. Common barriers to starting a cannabis business include the high application fees, strict regulations, and stringent financial reporting and management requirements.

Cannabis laws have also been hotly contested and are subject to change or reinterpretation. Be sure to check on current licensing requirements with both the state and local governments before getting started.

As of November 9, 2016, the use of both recreational and medicinal marijuana has been entirely legalized in the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Twelve states have both medical marijuana and decriminalization laws (three of them being CBD only). Twelve states, Guam, and Puerto Rico have only legalized psychoactive medical marijuana, while another twelve have only legalized non-psychoactive medical marijuana. One state and the U.S. Virgin Islands have only decriminalized possession laws. The remaining five states and two inhabited territories state that marijuana possession and sales are illegal and prohibited entirely.

State Sale Transportation Cultivation
 Alaska
medical and recreational use legal to carry up to 1 oz. (28 grams) legal to grow up to 24 plants for an individual, or commercially with a license
 Arizona
medical use only medical use only medical use only
 Arkansas
medical use only medical use only  
 California
medical and recreational use legal to carry up to 1oz. (28 grams) legal to grow up to six plants for an individual, or commercially with a license
 Colorado
medical and recreational use legal to carry up to 1 oz. (28 grams) legal to grow up to six plants for an individual, or commercially with a license
 Delaware
medical use only medical use only medical use only
 Florida
medical use only medical use only medical use only
 Georgia
medical use only medical use only medical use only
 Hawaii
medical use only Against program rules. medical use only
 Louisiana
medical use only medical use only illegal
 Maine
medical and recreational use legal to carry up to 2.5oz. (71 grams) legal to grow up to six plants for an individual, or commercially with a license
 Maryland
medical use only medical use only medical use only
 Massachusetts
medical and recreational use Legal to carry up to 1 oz. (28 grams) Allowed to have 1 ounce of pot outside the home and up to 10 ounces inside the home, and to cultivate up to six plants.
 Michigan
medical use only medical use only medical use only
 Minnesota
medical use only medical use only illegal
 Montana
medical use only medical use only medical use only
 Nevada
medical and recreational use medical and recreational use  
 New Hampshire
medical use only medical use only medical use only
 New Jersey
medical use only medical use only illegal
 New Mexico
medical use only medical use only medical use only
  North Dakota
medical use only medical use only  
 Ohio
medical use only not clearly stated illegal
 Oregon
medical and recreational use legal transport of up to 1 oz.; by January 1, 2016: legal transport of larger amounts by marijuana cultivators legal cultivation by adults 21+ of up to 4 plants per household
 Rhode Island
medical use only medical use only medical use only
 Vermont
medical use only medical use only medical use only
 Washington
medical and recreational use legal legal with restrictions and licensing

 

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