Three US states vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 10 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6074
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Voters in California, Nevada, and Massachusetts have agreed to the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana, joining Colorado, Oregon, and Washington state.

The ballot victories mean that around one in five Americans can now legally use marijuana recreationally. Voters in Arizona rejected the legalization of the drug and, as of Thursday morning, the result in Maine was too close to call.

Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota voted to legalize the medical use of marijuana, while in Montana voters passed a measure that would loosen restrictions on doctors prescribing the drug.

As well as voting for candidates for federal, state, …

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