The use of marijuana for recreational use has been legalized in Washington D.C. and Oregon post voting. However, Florida residents have rejected the legalization for medical use of the psychoactive drug also known as cannabis.
On Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters in Oregon and Washington D.C. cast their vote to legalize the use of marijuana in small quantities for personal use. Oregon is the third U.S. state to legalize the drug for recreational use, following Colorado and Washington state.
The voter-proposed measure called Initiative 71, saw a large number of people back the legalization in Washington D.C. Post the legalization, both visitors and residents to Washington D.C. who are over 21 years will be able to own up to 2 ounces of marijuana legally. They can also grow up to a maximum of six marijuana plants at their residence.
The measure to legalize marijuana in Washington D.C. passed easily with 60 percent voting in its favor. However, it may face a hurdle if Congress lawmakers overrule the legislation.
Oregon's Measure 91 saw approval by voters as well and will enable people who are 21 years or over to grow up to four cannabis plants at their residence.
"With marijuana legal in the federal government's backyard," said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, "it's going to be increasingly difficult for national politicians to continue ignoring the growing majority of voters who want to end prohibition."
However, not went the way of those in support of Marijuana legalization as Florida rejected the use of pot for medical use. Supporters of the legalization initiative needed 60 percent for the amendment. However, only 58 percent voted in favor of the amendment, whereas 42 percent voted against it.
Voters in Guam fared better as it became the first territory in the U.S. to legalize the use of medical marijuana.