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A state-by-state guide to U.S. marijuana laws

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For those of you interested in celebrating 4/20, the annual springtime celebration of all things weed, the disparities between different state laws may be of interest. In some states, getting caught with a joint could net as much as a year in prison; whereas, elsewhere in the country, getting fingered with the same amount of green will only result in a slap on the wrist.

We’ve put together a handy interactive guide to the consequences* in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) of being napped with either a little bit of weed, a whole lot of weed, or even just some dirty paraphernalia.

Consider this guide our 4/20 present to you. Or, at the very least, consider it a handy reference on how closely you should adhere to the speed limit in each state as you follow Phish around the country. We've embedded the map below. Click the right-top corner of the map to expand to full-screen view. 

In the off-chance interactive maps aren't your thing, we've also put together this easy-to-grasp infographic that sums up state marijuana laws into three categories, from totally cool to complete buzzkill. Share it, post it, print it out and roll a joint with it. Just don't say we didn't warn you.

*All penalties listed are assuming first conviction on this particular offense (and without intent to distribute) unless otherwise stated. ‟Little bit” means smallest amount specified by law. ‟Extremely large amount” means largest amount specified by law.

Sources: The Weed BlogNORML, and High Times. | Photo by Bogdan/Wikimedia Commons | Remix by Jason Reed (CC BY SA 3.0)