The states of Colorado and Washington made waves when they legalized the recreational use of marijuana. On Tuesday, in the midst of elections across the nation, voters in Alaska, Washington, D.C., Florida, and Oregon cast their votes on the legalization of weed in their respective states. While Floridians ultimately rejected the measure to legalize, each of the other states passed the measure.
In Oregon, it is now legal to personally posses, grow and sell marijuana if you’re 21 and over. There will also be a commercial marijuana industry to manufacture, distribute and sell bud. Alaska will similarly tax and regulate the distribution and sale of marijuana in the state for people over the age of 21. More minimally, the nation’s capitol made it legal for residents over the age of 21 to possess up to two ounces as well as have up to six plants for personal use. The sale of weed is still illegal, but the transfer of the cheeba is not.
D>C. smokers are not in the clear yet. Since D.C. is not a state, Congress has the power to overturn laws passed. It is rumored that some on Capitol Hill have suggested that there are some who will try to strike down the measure. Nevertheless, Tuesday was a major win for marijuana advocates.