Current laws in U.S.
- 15 states have reduced marijuana possession to a fine-only offense.
- 9 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island) have passed laws that define the private, non-medical possession of marijuana by adults as a civil, non-criminal offense.
- 5 states (Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio) treat marijuana possession offenses as a fine-only misdemeanor offense.
- 4 states (Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, and New Jersey) have legislative chambers that have passed measures this year to reclassify minor marijuana offenses as non-criminal violations, punishable by a fine only — no arrest, no jail, and no criminal record.
- 2 states (Colorado and Washington) recently imposed separate legislation legalizing the private possession of marijuana.
- 1 state (Alaska) imposes no criminal or civil penalty for the private possession of small amounts of marijuana.