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Cannabis Law Research Guide: Primary Law

Legal research guide on Cannabis Law.

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Legalization of Marijuana at the State Level

Map of US state cannabis laws

Map showing legal status of cannabis in the United States

  Legal for medical use
  Legal for medical use, limited THC content
  Prohibited for any use
    D     Decriminalized

Map includes laws which have not yet gone into effect.

Data obtained from National Conference of State Legislatures.[1] [2]

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Federal Laws

The major Federal law on the distribution and use of marijuana is the Controlled Substances Act, Pub. L. No. 91-513, 84 Stat. 1236 (1971) (codified at 21 U.S.C. § 801 et seq). Marijuana interacts with federal law in a number of other areas, including housing, employment, taxes, and banking.

State Laws and Regulations

Oregon Laws & Regulations

The legalization of marijuana has ripples in the law of the state of Oregon in ways that affect property rights (Title 10), criminal procedure (Title 14), crimes and punishment (Title 16), taxes (Title 29), juvenile law (Title 34), public health (titles 35 & 36), agriculture (Title 46), employment (Title 51), professional regulation (Title 52), vehicles (Title 59 & 61).  The bulk of the regulation is in Title 37, Chapter 475B, Cannabis Regulation

Likewise, the regulations that govern marijuana in Oregon are spread throughout the Oregon Administrative Rules. The most important regulations for the cannabis industry are promulgated by the Oregon Health Authority (Chapter 333) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (Chapter 845).