States where medical marijuana is legal – INSIDER

  • Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states and Washington, DC.
  • California, Arizona, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington were some of the first states to legalize medical marijuana.
  • Utah and Missouri voted to legalize medical marijuana in the 2018 midterm elections.
  • The federal government doesn’t recognize marijuana for its medicinal purposes and it’s still illegal under federal law.

Medical marijuana is one of today’s most pressing social issues.

Although recreational cannabis has been legalized in just 10 states and Washington, DC, patients can use marijuana medicinally in 33 states and Washington, DC. And that number is only expected to rise.

Here’s how medical marijuana laws vary across the US.


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