For a state whose most famous city is known as “Sin City”, Nevada has a not-so-progressive history with cannabis. Having banned cannabis possession and consumption in 1923, Nevada was the only state for which possession of any amount of marijuana was a felony offense until the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 453 in June 2001.
My home state, Massachusetts! Also known as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the “Cradle of Liberty”, Taxachusetts and home of the m@sshole. MA was a powerful influence in the commercial and cultural development of the United States and a place of many firsts: legally recognizing same-sex marriage, inventing volleyball, creating institutions of higher learning (Harvard) and the first to restrict/criminalize cannabis (“Indian Hemp”) at the state level in 1911.
Washington, similar to Alaska, took a long and winding road to cannabis decriminalization & legalization. From criminalization in 1923 to the 1979 recognition of the medical necessity defense by the WA Court of Appeals in State v. Diana, the state made stop and go progress but lawmakers, advocates and residents persevered until MMJ was decriminalized in 1998 and crossed the legalization finish line on December 6, 2012.
It’s official as of June 25, 2019! Illinois is the 11th state to legalize adult-use (recreational) marijuana via the passage of the Cannabis Regulation & Tax Act (CRTA) on May 31, 2019. It is the first state to legalize commercial adult-use marijuana through its Legislature, versus a ballot measure.