UNITED STATES OF AMERICA — When voters went into their polling booths on election night, five states had the chance to legalize marijuana for adult-use or recreational purposes, and four states voted in favor.
Fifty-six percent of California voters opted to legalize pot, with Massachusetts and Nevada close behind at 54 percent. Maine was almost split with 50.3 percent of voters in favor, while Arizona declined legalization of marijuana, with 52.1% of voters rejecting the proposition. However, medical marijuana is still permitted in the state of Arizona.
With the four states now joining Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia, 20% of the U.S. is now cannabis-friendly, including the entire West Coast. On top of that, Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas voted to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, bringing that total up to 28 states and Washington, D.C.
Marijuana is still illegal for any type of use under federal law, but in 2013, the Obama administration officially agreed not to interfere with state marijuana laws.