• Ellen Anderson

What's Legal & What's Not Along the Eastern Seaboard*

Updated: Mar 29



Connecticut: Connecticut’s state legislature decriminalized adult use in 2011 and passed medical use a year later. Patients can possess up to 2.5 ounces, but home growing is not allowed. A legislative effort to pass adult use is ongoing.


Delaware: Delaware legalized medical use in 2011 and decriminalized adult use in 2015 both via legislation. Patients can possess up to 6 ounces, but home growing is not allowed. A legislative effort to pass adult use is ongoing.


Florida: Florida voters pass a ballot initiative to legalize medical use in 2016. Patients can possess up to 2.5 ounces, but home growing is not allowed. Two different adult use initiatives are vying to get on the 2020 ballots.


Georgia: In 2015, CBD use was approved by the Georgia state legislature for certain conditions, and in 2019 the law was amended to allow products with as high as 5% THC. Otherwise cannabis is prohibited.


Maine: Maine decriminalized cannabis in 1976. Voters passed ballot initiatives that allow medical use (1999) and adult use (2016). Residents can possess 2.5 ounces and grow 6 plants. The commercial market will launch in 2020.


Maryland: Maryland passed medical marijuana legislation in 2013. Patients can possess up to 4 ounces, but home growing is not allowed. An effort is underway to get adult use passed by the legislature in 2020.


Massachusetts: Massachusetts passed medical use in 2012 and adult use in 2016, both via ballot initiative. Residents can possess 2.5 ounces and grow 2 plants. Commercial sales began in 2018.


New Hampshire: New Hampshire passed medical use legislation in 2013 and decriminalization in 2017. Patients can possess up to 2 ounces, but home growing is not allowed. Efforts for adult use have failed thus far.


New Jersey: Medical cannabis legislation passed in 2010 and was amended in 2019, which an attempt to pass adult use fizzled in the state legislature. Patients can possess up to 3 ounces, but home growing is not allowed. The New Jersey Marijuana Legislation Amendment will be on the 2020 ballot.


New York: New York decriminalized cannabis in 1977 and passed medical use (minus smoking or home growing) in 2014 and amended the decriminalization law in 2019 via legislation. An effort to pass adult use failed in 2019, but reformers are gearing up for 2020.

North Carolina: New York decriminalized cannabis in 1977 and passed CBD legislation in 2014 with a THC limit of 0.9%.


Rhode Island: Rhode Island enacted medical use legislation in 2006. Patients can possess up to 2.5 ounces and grown 24 plants. An effort is underway to get adult use passed by the legislature in 2020.


South Carolina: In 2014 the South Carolina legislature approved CBD with no more than 0.9% THC for seizure conditions. Otherwise, cannabis is illegal.

Virginia: In 2015, the Virginia state legislature approved CBD use with a limit of 5% THC. A decriminalization measure is being considered.


Virginia: In 2015, the Virginia statue legislature approved CBD use with a limit of 5% THC. A decriminalization measure is being considered.


*As of March 2020, source Centennial Spotlight, Women & Weed

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