15 States that May Legalize Marijuana in 2023

Hey! this new year, 2023, has brought good news for all pot lovers! Several states are thinking of legalizing marijuana for different purposes.

As we all know, the time for cannabis has come. Only avid stoners or person who has noticed the magical moments with cannabis can understand what it means to have Cannabis Legalization.

We all know that people of the world, especially in the USA, have been demanding to legalize of cannabis for so long. Now, as the world is getting aware of the health benefits of marijuana, the demand is soaring.

People want to cultivate and regulate cannabis use without fear of getting punished. That’s why they have been asking to waive the ban on this wonderful herb.

So stoners! Are you ready to enjoy legalized marijuana from your place? Look at the states that are up to legalizing medical marijuana or recreational marijuana!

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Before knowing the states that may legalize marijuana, let’s look at the states where cannabis is already legal.

You can check the details here:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Guam
  • Illinois
  • Washington,
  • Oregon
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada.
  • Michigan
  • Vermont
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • South Dakota (Partially legalized
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • New Mexico

Let’s take a sneak peek at the states that may allow legal Cannabis in 2023.

15 states that may legalize

15 states that may legalize

With the rising demand to legalize cannabis in other states of the USA, many states have promised to consider this during the election.

The regional pressure, and the election results of the states where marijuana legalization was one of the election-winning factors, have made these states rethink putting off the ban on both medical and recreational cannabis usage.

Check the following list by 420expertadviser with the names of the states that are likely to legalize cannabis:

  1. Maryland
  2. Delaware
  3. North Dakota
  4. South Dakota
  5. Ohio
  6. Missouri
  7. Mississippi
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Arkansas
  10. New Mexico
  11. Florida
  12. Pennsylvania
  13. Wyoming
  14. Wisconsin
  15. Nebraska

Let’s check how these states mentioned above are going under cannabis reform.

1) Maryland:


Current Status:

Medical marijuana Use: Legal

Recreational Use: Illegal

Maryland is one of the topmost states that is taking on serious note of legalizing recreational marijuana.

It is important to note that medical cannabis was legal in the state back in 2012. Also, in 2014, the state decriminalized the low possession of medical cannabis up to 4 ounces.

For this, the state has also replaced jail time with some fines. However, Marijuana possession of more than 10 grams would still consider you for jail with a heavy $1000 fine.

In 2021, The top lawyer of the state presented a bill to legalize recreational marijuana completely.

Hopefully, people of this Old Line State- Maryland, find overwhelming 2023 the permission to use cannabis.

2) Delaware:


Current Status:

Medical Marijuana Use: Legal

Recreational Marijuana Use: Illegal

Delaware is another one where momentum to legalize recreational marijuana is on! People desperately want legal status for both purposes.

It is noted that in 2019, the Delaware House committee already approved a bill to legalize cannabis for adult use, but it could not pass in the state legislature due to a lack of votes and failed.

This state legalized medical cannabis in 2011 already. Only registered practitioners, patients, and caregivers can use medical marijuana in this state.

However, the home cultivation of medical cannabis is still illegal in the state.

Governor John Carney doesn’t favor the legalization of marijuana. However, Since 2015, before Governor Carney, there has been a law for decriminalization for low possession of marijuana.

What the state is expecting in the year 2023 is the implementation of the Delaware Marijuana Control Act HB150, which the state person sponsors, Ed Osienski, which would:

  • Tax and regulate adult-use cannabis and allow adults of 21 years and above to cannabis possession up to an ounce of marijuana.
  • Also, this bill supports the cultivation, sale, and possession of recreational cannabis.
  • Through this bill, an opportunity would be given to small businesses to legalize themselves as licensed retailers. However, the license is to be issued to only 30 retailers within 16 months of the bill’s effective date.

Delaware is likely to make cannabis use legal in 2023. Neighboring states of Delaware already made it legal, so there is internal regional pressure too.


3) North Dakota:

North Dakota

Current Status:

Medical Marijuana Use: Legal

Recreational Marijuana Use: Illegal

North Dakota is keeping an eye on its upcoming ballot measure in 2022.

Interestingly, the legalization of medicinal cannabis that failed in 2012 got the nod in 2016. According to this, in some conditions, patients can keep up to three ounces of cannabis for medical use. This made the dispensaries open up in the state.

However, strict punishment is there for non-patients, including 1 month of Jail time with a $1000 fine for possessing 0.5 ounces and one year of prison for more than o.5 ounces.

But the road to legalizing recreational marijuana is full of hurdles. Activists had to stop their efforts due to the COVID-19 outbreak in April 2021. But they are keen to push the government for the same in 2022.

Cannabis activists are more likely in favor of ending the punishment of prison. One of them stated in 2021, “Our whole thing is about ending people going to prison, our whole point is about ending the dangers of the war on drugs, so it would be irresponsible for us to endanger people while we try to do it.”

If it happens and North Dakota legalizes Marijuana, the dream of adults growing at home would be possible.

What do you think? Will North Dakota be able to see the dawn of its medical marijuana program in 2022?

4) South Dakota:

South Dakota

Current Status:

Medical Marijuana use: Illegal

Recreational Cannabis use: Illegal

South Dakota is quite a conservative state compared to its northern sibling, and they reject the demand even to legalize medical cannabis every year.

In the year 2020, South Dakota proposed Constitutional Amendment A. But that could get only 54% of vote shares. Which says that any adult over 21 years could possess and give up to an ounce of marijuana. However, 70% of the vote shares that the measure to legalize medical marijuana got a nod.

But because of the South Dakota legislature, supported by Republican governor Kristi Noem, residents of the state could not buy recreational cannabis. The decision is pending with the Supreme Court of the state.

In South Dakota, a person with up to 2 ounces of marijuana for a year’s jail punishment and even includes a fine of up to $1000. And keeping more than 2 ounces means harsher punishments.

Cannabis Advocates are trying hard to convince the government to push the Supreme Court to giving fast decisions. That is supposed to be out in the summer of 2022.

Obviously, even neighboring states are pushing the state to the decision. There is commendable public support for the adult-use legalization measure. Earlier, in 2021, a state circuit judge declared it unconstitutional.

5) OHIO:


Current status:

Medical use: Legal

Recreational use: Decriminalized

Ohio is one of the most likely to have cannabis legalization in late 2022.

An advocacy group from Buckeye state has to put a stall on its efforts due to the pandemic. But. They are fairly hopeful of getting the process done by the ballot measure in November 2022. So, Wait for the good news!!

Well, a group known as the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol proposed a law for the complete legalization of marijuana. That includes home growth, cultivation, manufacturing, testing, and sales of cannabis by adults(over 21 years).

Also, they proposed to impose a 10% tax on adult-use cannabis with local tax. The law also says about medical cannabis legalization enables the dispensaries to work freely. The proposal would increase their cultivation and legalize 40 new dispensaries and 50 retail licenses.

As of now, the Coalition to regulate marijuana groups is likely to gather signatures. They need 130,000 signatures to present their proposed law in the Ohio legislature. The state legislature would then decide by voting.

It would surely be an exciting year ahead for Ohio.

6) Missouri:


Current Status:

Medical Marijuana use: Legal

Recreational use: Illegal

Fair Access Missouri and Legal Missouri are the two groups working on a complete adult-use legalization measure in 2022.

The campaign manager of Legal Missouri has stated that the state is more likely to legalize in the coming year.

Currently, Cannabis Products with up to 0.3% THC and 5% CBD are allowed to be used by patients with epilepsy only. Possession of marijuana is illegal and would lead to imprisonment of 1 year with a $1000 fine.

If the state approves the Medical marijuana program, then medical marijuana patients could grow their own cannabis. Also, their Card ID cost will be $ 25 only, much lower than the current one.

 Further, this would legalize the purchase, sale, manufacturing, delivery, and use of marijuana for adult users. Also, only 6% of the tax would be there on marijuana sales.

With the legalization of medical cannabis, people with non-violent charges will have their criminal records expunged.

Along with this, the bill would ensure the usage of legal cannabis for recreational purposes, followed by the detaxation of cannabis for medical use. This further allows people to drive while stoned to some extent.

7) Mississippi


current Status:

Medical cannabis use: Just Limited to CBD oil

Recreational cannabis use: Decriminalized but illegal

Mississippi was one of the states with very strict laws against Marijuana. However, by the time they become softer, they are likely to go green with cannabis completely in 2022.

Before this, only medical marijuana patients with epilepsy could use CBD oil. No one else could possess or use cannabis for any purpose.

Though decriminalization has prohibited the arrest of the person, he is likely to pay fines of up to $250 for possession of up to 30 gms. However, fines could be more in case of more possession.

 Lt. Gov. Delbert Horsemann told once that they had proposed the bill to legalize cannabis. He stated that they are just waiting for the government to announce it formally. Hence, we can say that the state is giving a piece of good news to all stoners of the state.

8) Oklahoma:


Current Status:

Medical Marijuana use: Partially legal, just Limited to CBD oil usage

Recreational cannabis use: Illegal

In 2015, the medical marijuana program first came into the picture of the state. That allows only certain patients with epilepsy, uncontrolled nausea, and other severe diseases to own cannabis with high CBD but low THC, around 3%.

In the year 2022, Oklahoma has the following ballot measure:

  • The marijuana legalization bill would be able to regulate cannabis and would legalize cannabis for adult use. However, this would also impose a tax of 15% if the concerned person doesn’t have a medical marijuana license.
  • Further, the State cannabis commission will take over the Oklahoma medical marijuana committee. Again on approval, medical cannabis patients could grow up to six plants and possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana.

To your knowledge, you should know the main objective is to ease up the strict laws against cannabis today. These days if you are caught with any amount of marijuana, you are eligible for jail punishment with hefty penalties. So be careful!

According to Marijuana Moment, the campaign will gain pace in 2022 and end with legal cannabis in Oklahoma.

9) Arkansas


Current Status:

Medical marijuana use: Legal

Recreational Cannabis use: Illegal

Surprisingly, even though medical cannabis got legal in 2016, Opening and running cannabis dispensaries in Arkansas has never been easy. Marijuana Businesses are facing losses as people have to wait to get their medical marijuana. The reason is the state legislature is not so cooperative and mostly puts the reviewal of dispensaries on hold for a long time.

Till now, keeping up to 4 ounces without having a medical card comes under a Class A misdemeanor. It’s a punishable offense and would lead to imprisonment of 1 year with a heavy $2500 fine. Jail time could be longer, up to 6 years; if you possess illegal drug Paraphernalia, the amount doesn’t matter.

Arkansas True Grass is an advocating group that has proposed a constitutional amendment bill. That will legalize complete adult-use cannabis, including recreational ones, in the upcoming ballot measure.

Moreover, the group is trying to get a maximum number of signatures to get legal status. If they get enough signatures for adult recreational marijuana, the residents can keep up to 4 ounces and grow a maximum of 12 cannabis plants. Even they want to waive the pre-cannabis allegations.

10) New Mexico:

New Mexico

Current Status:

Medical use: Legal

Recreational use:  Almost Legal

New Mexico will soon legalize it completely. The state was quick to allow medical marijuana in 2007. patients could possess up to 8 ounces from state dispensaries. Permission to grow up to 16 plants at their home with a maximum of 4 plants that can mature at a time.

The concerned authority issues medical cards in case of severe diseases like arthritis, cancer, Hepatitis, and anorexia. Till last year, the use of recreational cannabis was a matter of serious punishment, including jail and fines.

However, in April 2021, with the implementation of the Cannabis regulation act, now adults over 21 can have up to 2 ounces of cannabis flower and grow a maximum of 6 cannabis plants. This law has already terminated all the previous nonviolent marijuana offenses.

As per the members of the Drug Policy Alliance, New Mexico, the bill to legalize cannabis completely would bring up the life of New Mexico by criminal records expunged automatically and make cannabis legal for complete usage.

The state is looking forward to starting retail sales from the State Licensed dispensaries, which are expected to commence from 1st April 2022. By the enforcement, a household can grow up to 12 plants. And people can use recreational marijuana for personal use.

Obviously, a great step. We all are waiting for 2022’s New Mexico.

11) Florida:


Current Status:

Medical use: Legal

Recreational use: Illegal

Florida has already made it legalized Medical Marijuana in the year 2016. Though patients could not avail the advantages and benefits because of the complex laws by the State Supreme Court. But now it is legal to use smoke marijuana which was earlier allowed for vaping only.

In contrast, using recreational marijuana is a serious offense and could end up in strict jail and a fine of $1000. If you are caught with up to 20gms of such cannabis. It can even be worse by four times if the quantity exceeds 20 gms.

A group named Sensible Florida has taken the initiative to regulate marijuana similarly to Alcohol, which is looking for 2022 to get amended.

For the cause, Sensible Florida has to collect more than 891000 valid signatures by 1st Feb 2022; to receive Supreme Court’s permission for the ballot measure in 2022.

If this happens, people of Florida could grow up to 18 plants at home, and also adult use of recreational marijuana will be legalized.

Therefore, in 2022, Florida is coming up with the following measures:

  • Adult People 21 years or older of Florida can possess, use, give, and grow marijuana for personal use. 18 plants to be allowed to grow per house.
  • Amendment of the marijuana’s medical use in 2016 as demand is to grow to 9 medical cannabis plants. Also, the State’s list of qualifying conditions to buy medical cannabis would add 9 other mental health disorders.

12) Pennsylvania:


Current Status:

Medical use: Legal

Recreational use: Illegal

Even after medical marijuana got legal in the state, the first dispensary took two whole years to open in 2018 in Pennsylvania.

But after the neighboring state, New Jersey, fully legalized the use of cannabis in November 2021, the campaign in the state took momentum.

Until now, dispensaries only can offer oils, creams, edibles, and tinctures. Whereas for up to 30 gms of possession, there is imprisonment of 1 month with a $500 fine.

Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, a famous cannabis advocate, strongly said that using marijuana should not turn a person into a criminal. And adults should be legally safe.

But Pennsylvania’s republican controlled legislature is still not showing its willingness to take strong steps anytime soon. However, many advocacy groups are quite positive about legalizing recreational marijuana in 2022.

13) Wyoming:


Current Status:

Medical Marijuana use: Limited to CBD oil

Recreational Cannabis use: Illegal

The use of Cannabis is completely illegal, and lawsuits impose strict penalties.

Till 2018, there were no marijuana legalization initiatives taken.

Medical marijuana patients in the state can possess CBD oils containing less than 0.3% THC. But there is no a legal channel to get this or even they don’t even know how and where to get

Any amount of cannabis up to 3 ounces could lead you to jail for a year with a fine of $1000, and even you can go to jail for 5 years with a fine of $10000 if you possess more than 3 ounces of marijuana.

Wyoming people are demanding the legalization of medical and recreational use. However, the number is quite low. It may legalize in 2022 if some concrete campaigning takes place soon.

14) Wisconsin:


Medical marijuana use: Only Limited to CBD oil

Recreational Cannabis use: Illegal

You are wrong if you think you would get CBD oil easily in the state. Patients find it difficult to get their CBD as it is not accessible in the state.

If you carry marijuana, you could be arrested for 6 months or more with fines of $1000. Even harsher punishments are there for people possessing a higher quantity of marijuana.

Wisconsin governor said last year that the government is interested in legalizing marijuana for adult use to boost tax revenue that has collapsed during the pandemic.

Also, city officials voted in November to remove low-level penalties for the consumption and usage of marijuana by adults of 18 years or even more,

Another regional pressure the state is facing is the legalization of recreational and medicinal cannabis in the neighboring Illinois. The neighbor has shown significant revenue generated by the marijuana market.

15) Nebraska:


Current Status:

Fully Illegal

Nebraska, where the use of cannabis is strictly prohibited, is looking forward to the ballot measure of 2022.

The state wants to legalize recreational marijuana to possess, cultivate, and transport that cannabis freely.

Also, the state is trying to get the legalization of medical marijuana to help patients to get the desired in their own state at a low cost.

These are the states welcoming the year 2022 for reforming of marijuana policy project in their respective states.

Let’s move to our FAQs…

FAQs about The States that May Legalize Marijuana:

Q1. Which States of the USA have legalized marijuana recently?

Ans: New Jersey, Connecticut, New Mexico, and Virginia legalized marijuana in 2021.

Q2. What are the benefits of the legalization of marijuana?

Ans: Legalization of marijuana is the need of the hour as it includes several benefits:

  • Boost Economy- In the states where marijuana is legal gets, a huge revenue is generated, and hence economy gets boosted.
  • Stops black marketing of marijuana- If a state makes weed legal, it will make the black marketing of the drug.
  • Further, legalization would enable regulation laws for minors not using marijuana.
  • The cost of the war on drugs gets reduced.
  • Government can earn more through taxes on cannabis.
  • Awareness of using medical marijuana increases and marijuana’s negative impacts could be stalled with the legal amount.
  • More people can attain the health benefits of marijuana.
  • Numerous jobs are likely to be created by the Marijuana industry. This could surely give a boost to the economy.
  • After the covid-19 outbreak, the World is facing a hard financial time. If Marijuana gets legalized, it would greatly help revive the world’s economy.

Q3. What are the possible Cons of the legalization of marijuana?

Ans: Like positive points are there to legalize cannabis, there are negative too:

  • People usually get high in case of personal usage of marijuana.
  • Prolonged and regular usage of marijuana can damage your brain as well.
  • With the legalization, weed can be a part of everyone’s house; hence, children are more likely to get them easily, which is very dangerous for their development.
  • People can get used to harmful tactics like smoking marijuana, which is highly dangerous for the lungs.
  • Marijuana is highly addictive, and legalization makes it available very easily.

Few more questions:

Q4. Is medical marijuana getting a nod from the Federal government?

Ans: No, At the federal level, Marijuana is considered a Scheduled 1 drug which is said to be of no medical use and harmful to the public. That’s why the Federal government does not approve the use of cannabis. This causes conflict between the state legislature and the Federal government.

Q5. Is it legal for a minor to use marijuana in any state?

Ans: No, not at all. Let minors get their hands on cannabis is even a punishable offense. There are strict provisions for jail and huge fines for such practices.

Q6. Can you differentiate the terms legalization and Decriminalization?

Ans; Both terms are completely different. Legalization means marijuana is from the laws and anyone who is an adult can use it according to their state’s laws.

However, Decriminalization doesn’t mean that it has become legal. In fact, it means that the system cannot arrest or prosecute a person having allowed an amount of the cannabis substance.

Q7. Why is recreational use banned in some states?

Ans: Recreational use of marijuana means, the use of psychoactive THC drugs is legal. It is important to note that recreational use would recreate the feelings, emotions, and mental state of the person unconsciously. Sometimes, It could be very sedative and harmful. Hence, recreational use is banned in many states.


Well, we all know that Marijuana Industry will thrive in the future, and the possibilities of creating jobs in this industry are getting higher. And that’s one of the prime reasons that legalization should be there.

Before concluding, let’s see what our famous celebrities say about the legalization of cannabis,

What do Our Celebrity Say about the Legalization of Marijuana:

Celebrity about cannabis

“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower.” – Willie Nelson

” It makes me feel the way I need to feel.” –Snoop Dogg

“When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point.” – Barack OBAMA

The legalization of marijuana is not a dangerous experiment – the prohibition is the experiment, and it has failed dramatically, with millions of victims worldwide.”

― Sebastian Marincolo

Last Thoughts: About the States that may legalize marijuana in 2023

As we have seen that the year 2022 is coming with a lot of hopes for the states that have been waiting for the legalization of cannabis, we can say that the world has already set the stage to welcome legal marijuana.

Although some legislatures are opting for it due to some pressure or they have seen the economic growth of their neighbors after legalization, the end would be in favor of the people waiting for so long for this special marijuana moment.

Eventually, the world started to believe that “Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”

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Christopher Andrews
I am Christopher Andrew, the owner of 420 Expert Adviser. I have been in cannabis cultivation for more than ten years, and I'm sharing my experience with you guys using this blog!

1 thought on “15 States that May Legalize Marijuana in 2023”

  1. I haven’t used marijuana since 1989, because I thought I never would amount to anything if I kept smoking it. Most people can’t afford to buy medical marijuana, so they get it from the street. The bad thing about buying it from the street is, the state doesn’t get taxes from it, and also dealers are likely putting fentanyl in with it. That shit will kill you!! I’ve been retired/ disabled for 10 years, so as far as me losing ambition, it doesn’t matter anymore. I may not smoke it because I’ve had upper respiratory problems most of my life. There’s edibles and probably will be liquid forms of it too. Speaking of liquids, I would say that there’s been more people messed up from alcohol than anything else. Auto accidents, broken families, and people dying from alcoholism. If alcohol is legal, so should marijuana. Alcohol will never be banned again, although some villages in Alaska has prohibited its use. People up there drink to excess and pass out, and freeze to death.

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