States Where Raw Milk is Legal

In every state within the United States, it is either entirely legal or at least ambivalently legal to purchase raw milk. Raw milk is milk that has been taken from a cow that hasn’t been pasteurized. The pasteurization of raw milk ensures that all of the potentially harmful bacteria that is often in the milk mixture are killed, such as salmonella. However, pasteurizing raw milk also removes much of its naturally occurring nutrient content.

The only state where there is no legal way to obtain raw milk is New Jersey. It is explicitly stated in New Jersey state statute 24:10-57.17. that “No person shall sell, offer for sale, or distribute to the ultimate consumer any milk or cream that is not pasteurized.” In other words, all milk that is produced, sold, and distributed from New Jersey must be pasteurized.

In every other state, however, raw milk can be obtained legally. People who are proponents of consuming raw milk argue that it’s more naturally nutritious than milk which has been essentially sterilized through the pasteurization process, and they are correct. The removal of potentially harmful bacteria is the purpose of pasteurization, but that process also removes many of the nutrients in milk. Because of that, the nutrients have to be artificially reintroduced into the milk so that it regains its original nutrient content.

To learn more about states where raw milk is legal, scroll through the data in the charts.

Raw Milk Laws by State

Alabama

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39

#47 in the US

Alaska

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Arizona

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4,818

#14 in the US

Arkansas

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60

#45 in the US

California

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41,864

#1 in the US

Colorado

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5,271

#13 in the US

Connecticut

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434

#34 in the US

Delaware

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52

#46 in the US

Florida

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2,170

#21 in the US

Georgia

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1,798

#22 in the US

Hawaii

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Idaho

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16,412

#3 in the US

Illinois

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1,774

#23 in the US

Indiana

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4,532

#15 in the US

Iowa

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5,538

#12 in the US

Kansas

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4,098

#16 in the US

Kentucky

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907

#28 in the US

Louisiana

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126

#41 in the US

Maine

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572

#32 in the US

Maryland

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875

#29 in the US

Massachusetts

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197

#39 in the US

Michigan

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11,952

#6 in the US

Minnesota

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10,548

#7 in the US

Mississippi

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106

#42 in the US

Missouri

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1,010

#26 in the US

Montana

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243

#36 in the US

Nebraska

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1,423

#25 in the US

Nevada

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810

#30 in the US

New Hampshire

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226

#37 in the US

New Jersey

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90

#43 in the US

New Mexico

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7,804

#9 in the US

New York

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15,540

#5 in the US

North Carolina

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917

#27 in the US

North Dakota

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335

#35 in the US

Ohio

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5,643

#11 in the US

Oklahoma

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692

#31 in the US

Oregon

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2,622

#18 in the US

Pennsylvania

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10,114

#8 in the US

Rhode Island

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#48 in the US

South Carolina

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159

#40 in the US

South Dakota

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3,603

#17 in the US

Tennessee

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508

#33 in the US

Texas

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15,599

#4 in the US

Utah

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2,223

#20 in the US

Vermont

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2,566

#19 in the US

Virginia

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1,471

#24 in the US

Washington

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6,504

#10 in the US

West Virginia

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75

#44 in the US

Wisconsin

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31,702

#2 in the US

Wyoming

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220.3

#38 in the US

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