s drug policy reform activists continue their crusade to reform marijuana law, one often omitted element of the discussion is just how widely the laws vary by state. In Ohio, you can possess up to one hundred grams of marijuana without being sentenced to jail time if you’re caught. It’s a minor misdemeanor — one that doesn’t give you a criminal record — that comes with a $150 fine. Ohio is one of 14 states where pot heads can avoid jail time. But other states are teetotalers. If you’re caught and convicted, expect incarceration.
Federalism is a beautiful thing in the sense that it allows us to pass progressive legislation in progressive enclaves — think voting rights, interracial marriage and gay marriage. But on the other side of the federalism coin is a triptych of George Wallace, Strom Thurmond, and Ronald Reagan, or other legendary conservative bugaboos. 115 million Americans — about one third of us — live in states where marijuana has been decriminalized. Check the list below and leave a comment telling us whose marijuana law you’re living under, a progressive one or a conservative one.