This Interactive Map Helps You Navigate America's Confusing Marijuana Laws

Depending on which state you're in, getting caught with marijuana could mean getting a ticket, a criminal charge or no punishment at all. And there is no Mason-DIxon line dividing legal from illegal jurisdictions, so you often see states like Idaho - where no use of marijuana is legal - nestled among states that have legalized medical and/or recreational use.

Confused? You're not the only one having trouble keeping up-to-date of America's marijuana laws. Luckily, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is here to help. The NCIA has teamed up with data specialists from CannaRegs - a startup tracking current marijuana regulations - to offer an interactive map that allows you to click on any of the 50 states and learn about their current laws.

And there's additional info that people thinking about joining the cannabis industry will find very helpful.

For legal states, the map includes the number of dispensaries and testing labs, the fees for starting a new canna-business, the industry's projected revenue in 2020, and more. For states where medical marijuana is legal, the map offers a list of approved conditions and what forms of cannabis are available (e.g. dried flower, extracts, oils, etc). And for states where marijuana remains illegal, the map includes details on campaigns to repeal prohibition through ballot measures or bills in state legislatures.

Check it out:


'South Park' is well known for satirizing pretty much everything happening in current pop culture, and the cannabis industry is no exception. Last week, the popular adult cartoon released a satirical ad for their fictional cannabis brand, Tegridy Farms. The mock brand was originally introduced in a 'South Park' episode that aired last October on the same day that Canada moved to legalize recreational cannabis nationwide. The new Tegridy Farms ad takes shots at the current landscape of the cannabis industry by claiming that it's being run by "a bunch of young corporate banker types" who pretend to be interested in repairing the wrongs done by the War on Drugs, but they're really only interested in making "an easy buck for themselves." "Fuck those guys," says the video's narrator.

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