1 December, 2019

Status: Prohibited


2013-2015: Attempts to legalise medical cannabis fail

Policy Framework:

  • Possession of any amount less than 450g (15oz) is a misdemeanour punishable by a $US1000 fine and six months in prison;
  • Possession of 450g or more is a felony punishable by 42 months in prison at a minimum and a fine of $US100,000;
  • Sale or distribution of less than 25g (0.8oz) is a felony punishable by at least 51 months in prison and a fine of $US300,000;
  • Cultivation or sale is punishable by up to 204 months in prison and a fine of up to $US500,000.

    Source: Norml


  • Between 2005 and 2017, cannabis use disorder in people over the age of 12 decreased from 1.5% to 1.0%.



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