California, Massachusetts, Nevada vote to legalize recreational marijuana

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LOS ANGELES — Four states voted to follow in the footsteps of Colorado, Oregon and Washington on Tuesday and approved recreational marijuana use.

Voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational marijuana, while voters in North Dakota, Arkansas and Florida gave the OK for medical marijuana use.

Arizona rejected the idea of recreational marijuana use, while the measure in Maine was still undecided early Wednesday.

The vote in California creates the largest market for marijuana products in the U.S.

“We are very excited that citizens of California voted to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition,” Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Association, told the Los Angeles Times. “Proposition 64 will allow California to take its rightful place as the center of cannabis innovation, research and development.”

The proposition will allow those who are 21 and older to possess, transport, buy and use up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes and allow individuals to grow as many as six plants.