To date, no state has legalized cannabis via legislative action. Every state (and Washington D.C.) have legalized cannabis via the citizen initiative process. That is likely to change in 2018 with both New Jersey and Vermont looking very likely to legalize via legislative action. Vermont will likely be the first of the two, but there is no guarantee. Below is a message I received today out of Vermont. If you live there, I recommend you get active and not take anything for granted:
In recent weeks, legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Scott have reaffirmed that the legalization bill, H. 511, is expected to pass in early January. If that happens, marijuana possession and limited cultivation will become legal for adults 21 and older on July 1, 2018.
Despite these reassurances, we know that the vote will be close in the House of Representatives, so we are still fighting to earn every vote we can get. Please take a moment to call or email your representatives and urge them to support passage of H. 511!
New England Political Director
Marijuana Policy Project