With nearly half of all Americans now living in a state that has legalized the adult use of cannabis, it can be hard to keep track of which state legalized when.

That’s why we’re keeping track of it for you. Here’s our running record of each state’s legalization vote, the first day it was legal for all adults to possess marijuana, and the first day retail weed stores opened.

For more information on state legalization and your state’s current cannabis laws, limits, and regulations, check out Leafly’s Ultimate Guide to Legalization.

We’ll update this list as more states legalize. Click on the state name below for a deeper dive into that state’s current cannabis laws.

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Recreational (adult use) legalization

State Election Date Possession Legal Stores Opened
Alaska Nov. 4, 2014 Nov. 5, 2014 Oct. 29, 2016
Arizona Nov. 3, 2020 Nov. 30, 2020 Jan. 22, 2021
California Nov. 8, 2016 Nov. 9, 2016 Jan. 1, 2018
Colorado Nov. 6, 2012 Dec. 10, 2012 Jan. 1, 2014
Connecticut June 22, 2021* July 1, 2021 TBD
Illinois May 31, 2019 May 31, 2019 Jan. 1, 2020
Maine Nov. 10, 2016 Jan. 1, 2016 Oct. 9, 2020
Massachusetts Nov. 8, 2016 Dec. 15, 2016 Nov. 20, 2018
Michigan Nov. 6, 2018 Nov. 16, 2018 Dec. 1, 2019
Montana Nov. 3, 2020 Jan. 1, 2021 Jan. 1, 2022
Nevada Nov. 8, 2016 Jan. 1, 2017 July 1, 2017
New Jersey Nov. 3, 2020 Jan. 1, 2021 April 21, 2022
New Mexico April 12, 2021* April 12, 2021 April 1, 2022
New York March 31, 2021* March 31, 2021 TBD
Oregon Nov. 4, 2014 Nov. 5, 2014 Oct. 1, 2016
Rhode Island May 25, 2022* May 25, 2022* TBD
Vermont Jan. 22, 2018* July 1, 2018 TBD
Virginia April 11, 2020 July 1, 2021 TBD
Washington Nov. 6, 2012 Dec. 6, 2012 July 8, 2014
* Denotes a state that legalized via the state legislature. Date listed is when the governor signed the bill into law.

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Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott oversees news, investigations, and feature projects. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.

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