Recreational marijuana has been legalized in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota, as ballot initiatives legalizing marijuana have passed in all four states. This brings the tally up to 15 states plus Washington D.C. that permit recreational marijuana, and 1/3 of Americans now live in states where recreational marijuana will be legal for anyone 21 years of age or older.
MARIJUANA REGULATIONS IN THE USA
The legality of marijuana is a complicated issue in the United States. Marijuana remains a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substance Act (CSA), and it is therefore a federal crime to grow, sell or possess marijuana. Nonetheless, the Obama administration maintained a policy of non-enforcement in states where marijuana was legal, primarily via two documents—the Joyce Amendment and the Cole Memo.