Marijuana Legalization Continues to Grow: 2021 Laws Map – Governing

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The Future of What’s Happening Now A comprehensive view of the states’ marijuana laws regarding medical use, workplace accommodations and driving under the influence. Today, 36 states and the District of Columbia allow medical use of marijuana.

August 27, 2021 • 

Zoe Manzanetti
Currently, 18 states and the District of Columbia have the broadest allowances for marijuana use, legalizing medical and adult recreational use; a handful of other states have passed legislation allowing medical marijuana.

Overall, 47 states have some form of cannabis allowance, only Idaho, Kansas and Nebraska do not have any public programs for marijuana use. But marijuana laws and programs remain a highly contested topic and often see modifications as political power changes. (See also: State Marijuana Laws from 2019 Map)

Earlier this year, Mississippi overturned a 2020  medical-use marijuana measure, which could make the state’s already limited laws even tighter. South Dakota, which currently allows medical

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