Which States Decriminalized Weed? California, Vermont, and More

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It seems a lot of people in Colorado are unclear on exactly what the state’s new marijuana laws allow and prohibit. Since retailers started selling recreational weed on January 1, Denver police have arrested around one person per day for lighting up in public, as that’s still against the law.

Even in the state with the most permissive marijuana laws in the country, it’s possible that weed will get you busted. But the reverse is true: There are plenty of states that haven’t legalized marijuana, but have nevertheless enacted laws that institute relatively lenient consequences for offenders. That’s called decriminalization, and 15 states in the U.S. have decriminalized marijuana. Wonder if your home state is one of them? Read on!

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