What to know about the 8 states where recreational marijuana is legal

Emily Gray Brosious

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Eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia have now legalized marijuana for adult recreational use, but not all pot laws are created equal.

Colorado and Washington were the first two states to legalize the drug for adult use in 2012. Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia came next, passing measures to legalize recreational marijuana use in 2014. Most recently, California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine all passed voter initiatives in the 2016 general elections to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use.

See the following gallery for important details about the laws in each state where marijuana has been legalized for adult use.

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