But eight states, including Maine, have decriminalized marijuana use, as has the District of Columbia. Those other states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Several other states have laws allowing the use of medical marijuana. Related Headlines Recreational marijuana is now legal in Maine. Heres what you need to know Search photos available for purchase: Photo Store The president understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing, especially, terminal diseases, and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them, Spicer told reporters. But he said that states allowance of marijuana for recreational purposes is something the Department of Justice, I think, will be further looking Green Rush into. The Department of Justice declined to comment on Spicers remarks after the briefing. Maine voters approved a ballot initiative in November legalizing recreational marijuana use. Gov. Paul LePage had opposed the initiative, but signed off on the referendum results. His staff did not respond to requests for comment on Spicers statements Thursday night.