Four more states have spoken and the verdict is in: recreational use of marijuana is now legal. The political world may have changed forever with the election on November 8th, but it wasn’t the only important manner on the ballots. The states of California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine joined the ranks of Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon in states that have legalized recreational marijuana.
It has been a big year for the state of California. They got the Los Angeles Rams back and have become the flagship state for marijuana use. California citizens voted with a 56% majority to pass Proposition 64. This bill legalized the recreational use, possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana. You must be 21 year old to partake in the legalization of marijuana, just like alcohol. There is a $100 fine for smoking in public and driving under the influence is illegal. Residents are allowed to grow up to six plants in their homes and recreational sales from shops will become legal on January 1st, 2018.
Las Vegas residents can now buy NHL tickets and an ounce of marijuana in 2017. The state voted in 54% majority favor of legalization, despite Senate Majority Whip Senator Harry Reid being against it. Massachusetts voted in 54% and Maine’s bill barely passed with 50.3% favorability. The fight for a federal legalization is a still a big uphill battle, but the states are individually chipping away at the fight of making marijuana legal across the 50 states.