Regulation Comes Next as Most Legalization Measures Passed

Now add to that medical marijuana patients.

California voters took the lead as they passed a measure legalizing recreational use of marijuana. In Maine, voters appeared to be inching towards legalizing recreational use, but as of early Thursday, the results were still to close to call. At final tally, 53.6 percent of MA voters approved the ballot question, with 46.4 percent in opposition.

Voters in Arizona said no to the drug being taken recreationally - although it has been allowed for medicinal purposes there since 1996.

Detractors also contended the measure would allow prime-time television advertisements for marijuana, exposing children to the drug. "But the prospect of Donald Trump as our next president concerns me deeply". A number of Southern states, including Florida, have in recent years passed limited, CBD-only medical marijuana laws, but passage of Amendment 2 means the South has its first full-blown medical marijuana law.

Nevada brought in new leaders and enacted new laws Tuesday, including legalizing recreational marijuana.

The C.D. Howe Institute, a prominent think-tank, has recommended the government consider pardoning people convicted of pot possession - and drop any outstanding charges - to free up much-needed resources for legalization. But he said the illegal market will shrink significantly if California can establish its marijuana regulations without federal interference. Some states would allow people grow their own cannabis.

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That could spark similar efforts in other states and put pressure on federal authorities to ease longstanding rules that classify marijuana as a dangerously addictive drug with no medical benefits.

Residents of North Dakota voted decisively in favor of permitting medical marijuana.

But that attitude toward marijuana appears to be waning across the nation. The thriving cannabis industry that has been growing at an exponential pace despite its federal illegality has been protected by a few memos under the Obama administration.

"It is one thing to ignore the millions generated in Colorado". The proposal also received scrutiny from members of the medical marijuana community, who say they fear it could replace the state's medical program.

Kinney also emphasized how out of the almost 9,000 felony marijuana-related arrests past year in California, 60 percent of those arrested were Latino and African American - something the initiative would work to reform, he said. "If the Trump thing wasn't hanging over our head, we'd be in heaven".

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