The world of cannabis has changed drastically in the United States over the years. Two-thirds of Americans now support legalizing the plant and nearly 90% support legalizing medical marijuana.

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Sure, we might not have expunged the records of cannabis-related crimes yet or sorted out all the logistics and regulations for smooth operation in some states, but we’ve still come a long way.

Despite the majority of Americans supporting the legalization of cannabis, some states continue to take the Schedule 1 classification of cannabis very seriously. Knowing which states have the strictest laws can keep you out of trouble, especially if you live in a state where you’ve grown accustomed to walking into a shop and leaving with an assortment of weed-infused treats.


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Small amounts (up to 20 grams) of cannabis is a misdemeanor in Florida with a maximum sentence of one year plus a $1,000 fine. More than 20 grams is considered a felony, punishable by up to a 5-year sentence and up to $5,000 in fines.

Selling or delivering weed within 1,000 feet of a school (including colleges), a park, or other areas as specified by the law results in a felony with up to 15 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

Florida has had medical marijuana since 2016, though only recently did it become legal to actually smoke medical marijuana.


If you’re caught with an ounce or less in Georgia, you could be given up to a year sentence along with a $1,000 fine. Anything above an ounce is a felony, starting at 1-10 years and $5,000 in fines.

The sale of any amount is also a felony in Georgia.

Despite being legal, Georgia residents could not purchase CBD oil until the recent signing of a medical marijuana bill.


Possessing three ounces or less of cannabis in Idaho will get you a misdemeanor, with up to a year of imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. Anything beyond that is considered a felony. Selling any amount of weed starts at a year of imprisonment, with up to $50,000 in fines.

Even CBD is not tolerated in Idaho, despite the 2018 Farm Bill which legalized hemp derivatives, including cannabidiol, across the United States.


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Despite medical marijuana still being non-existent in Kansas, the state only recently calmed down a bit on their cannabis laws by legalizing CBD.

Beyond CBD, Kansas has bleak marijuana laws. Any amount of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor with up to six months incarceration and a $1,000 fine. Any sale or cultivation of the plant will result in a felony.


First-time offenders may receive a fine of up to $300 or 15 days of imprisonment if they have 14 grams or less. More than that, up to 2.5 pounds, will result in a $500 fine or up to six months imprisonment.

It takes a lot to get a felony in Louisiana (60 grams or more.) If you’re growing any amount of weed though, you could face $50,000 in fines on the first offense.

All of the marijuana-related offenses in Louisiana increase by 1.5 times the original maximum sentence if they occur within 2,000 feet of a drug-free zone.


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Any amount found in your possession can land you a misdemeanor with up to six months incarceration and a $1,000 fine. Even worse, any subsequent offense with any amount is considered a felony with to 3.5 years incarceration and $10,000 in fines.

Milwaukee alderman Nick Kovac feels that Wisconsin is “way behind the curve,” according to WBAY.