State-by-State Medical Marijuana Laws
(as of March 31, 1997)

Report #1
June, 1997 (Last Revised 6/30/03)


Contrary to what many people believe, when voters in California and Arizona passed medicinal marijuana laws in November 1996, these states were not breaking entirely new ground. There are presently 24 states (plus the District of Columbia) with laws that to some degree recognize medicinal marijuana's medical benefits. 160,396,533 Americans (60.46% of the U.S. population) live in states with current medicinal marijuana laws.

Compiled by the Marijuana Policy Project Foundation

Published by Steven C. Markoff

Source Data:

  • Legislative and administrative codes for each state and the District of Columbia from the Library of Congress' law library reading room as of June 1996.


  • Estimates of the Population of States as of July 1, 1996; Population Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C.



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