The nation’s capital and the state of Oregon are the latest entities to legalize recreational marijuana, while Florida voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would legalize the drug for medical use.
As of press time, Alaska’s initiative for legalized pot was ahead at the polls and expected to pass, with 28 percent of precincts reporting, according to the New York Times
In Oregon, residents aged 21 and over will be able to possess and grow marijuana. The initiative passed with 54 percent of the vote. The state’s liquor control commission will regulate sales.
In Washington D.C., 70 percent of voters approved so-called “soft” legalization. In the capital it will be legal for people over the age of 21 to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, to grow up to six plants at home, and to give one ounce of marijuana to another person. However, there will be no regulated trade, and selling pot will remain illegal.
Yet the matter remains complicated in the capital, where one quarter of the land is federal property, where pot remains an illegal Schedule 1 drug. In addition, Congress has the power to override the vote, and some legislators are calling for it to be reversed already.
In Florida, a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana fell just short of the 60 percent of votes needed to pass, with 58 percent voting in favor. However, Guam became the first U.S. territory to legalize marijuana for medical use, joining Washington D.C. and 23 states.
Washington state and Colorado have already legalized marijuana.
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