Map: The Legal Landscape
Marijuana has been illegal under federal law since 1970. But since California first passed its medical marijuana law 15 years ago, more than a third of all states are now experimenting with some form of legalization and/or decriminalization. Here's a closer look at the legal landscape, as of July 2011.
States that have legalized medical marijuana States with pending legislation
Sources: Procon.org; 420 Magazine; NPR.org; Norml.org, individual state statutes
Sources: Norml.org; Procon.org; individual state statutes, Marijuana Policy Project; 420 Magazine; Connecticut General Assembly