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California voters pass ballot measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana

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California voters passed a ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, giving a big boost to the campaign to end the drug’s national prohibition.

Adults older than 21 can legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow six plants.

California was one of five states where votes were considering the legalization of recreational marijuana Tuesday.

Four other states voted on measures to legalize medicinal marijuana. Voters in Florida and North Dakota passed this measure.

Collectively, it’s the closest the U.S. has ever come to national referendum on marijuana.