Legality of medical and non-medical cannabis in the United States

Cannabis regulatory agencies exist in the states, territories and district, and Indian Tribes of the United States which have legalized cannabis. The agencies include:


Territorial or Federal district[edit]

  • Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Cannabis Commission (in formation as of October 2018 pursuant to CNMI Cannabis Act of 2018)[3]
  • District of Columbia – Department of Health Division of Medical Marijuana and Integrative Therapy has control of medical cannabis;[4] there is no regulatory agency for other-than-medical use[a]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ Regulatory agency not authorized by U.S. Congress;[5] see Cannabis in Washington, D.C.
  2. ^ Cannabis is legal in Vermont, but there is no regulatory agency. See Cannabis in Vermont § Action towards a regulatory system


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  2. ^ Text of S.2227,, accessed November 18, 2019
  3. ^ Jon Perez (October 9, 2018), "Torres set to form pot commission", Saipan Tribune
  4. ^ Rachel Kurzius (September 17, 2019). "Thousands Of District Employees Free To Use Marijuana On Their Own Time, Mayor Says". WAMU.
  5. ^ "Grosso Pushes Marijuana Legislation with Democratic House in Session", Baltimore Afro-American, Baltimore, Maryland, January 18, 2019
  6. ^ Emi Sasagawa (July 17, 2015). "Marijuana in Alaska has long been legal. Now the state is struggling to regulate it". Washington Post.
  7. ^ Marijuana Enforcement Division RETAIL MARIJUANA CODE 1 CCR 212-2, Code of Colorado Regulations, Colorado Secretary of State, accessed 2019-01-19
  8. ^ John Pletz (May 20, 2019). "Five things you didn't know were in Illinois weed bill". Crain's Chicago Business.
  9. ^ Patrick Whittle (October 6, 2019). "Maine on track for legal marijuana sales by spring 2020". Associated Press – via ABC News.
  10. ^ Sarah Meehan (March 2, 2018). "FAQ: What you need to know about medical marijuana in Maryland". Baltimore Sun.
  11. ^ Cannabis Control Commission, State of Massachusetts official website
  12. ^ Marijuana Regulation, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs official website, accessed 2019-01-19
  13. ^ "Nevada Department of Taxation prepares for the regulation of recreational marijuana" (PDF) (press release). Nevada Department of Taxation. November 10, 2016 – via official website (
  14. ^ Arkansas Decriminalize Marijuana and Regulate Cannabis Industry Amendment (2020), Ballotpedia
  15. ^ Emilie Munson (May 14, 2019). "New CT marijuana proposal favors poor residents for retail licenses". Middletown Press.
  16. ^ psmith (May 6, 2020). "MN House Leader Files Marijuana Legalization Bill, DC Psychedelic Decrim Campaign Catches Break, More..." Drug War Chronicle.
  17. ^ Claude Brodesser-Akner, Payton Guion, Susan K. Livio (February 15, 2019). "At last! N.J. close to legalizing weed as Murphy and top Democrats have a deal". maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  18. ^ Cannabis Regulation Act, New Mexico Legislature official website, retrieved 2020-01-17
  19. ^ Patrick Anderson and Katherine Gregg (January 16, 2020). "Raimondo's $10-billion budget plan includes state-run stores for recreational pot". Providence Journal.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  20. ^ Johnson, Evan (February 26, 2019). "Vermont Senate Expected To Vote On Legal Marijuana Sales Bill This Week".
  21. ^ Kristy Kepley-Steward (December 10, 2019). "Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians approve Cannabis Commission". Asheville, North Carolina: WLOS.
  22. ^ "Chapter 14.08 MARIJUANA ORDINANCE", LAWS OF THE PUYALLUP TRIBE OF INDIANS, Seattle: Code Publishing Company, July 2, 2015, retrieved 2019-01-19
  23. ^ "Chapter 11.10 COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA ACTIVITY" (PDF), Tribal code, Suquamish Tribe, 2016, retrieved 2019-01-19, The Tribal Council does hereby establish and approve the charter for SEC and does hereby delegate the sole authority to locate, manage, and operate all commercial marijuana activity on behalf of the Tribe to SEC...
  24. ^ "Remedy Tulalip: The Apple of Cannabis Retail", Native Business, August 13, 2018