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California and Massachusetts Approve Recreational Marijuana

On a somewhat good note, California and Massachusetts voters approved measures allowing recreational marijuana Tuesday, handing the legalization movement a huge victory in the nation’s most populous state and giving it a toehold in the densely populated Northeast.

According to BAW

A preliminary exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research showed the proposal passed handily in California.

California’s vote makes the use and sale of recreational cannabis legal along the entire West Coast and gives legalization advocates powerful momentum. Massachusetts is the first state east of the Mississippi to allow recreational use.

The victories 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.

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