Voters in 5 states considering to legalize recreational marijuana use

Residents in five states are not only choosing now who will be the next US president but also whether marijuana should be legal to use recreationally. In addition, voters in Florida, North Dakota, Montana and Arkansas are deciding whether or not to legalize medical marijuana or expand its use.
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The residents of five states will cast their vote today (Tuesday) not only for the next president but also for whether or not recreational marijuana use should be legalized. In Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C., the use of marijuana for recreational purposes is already legal.

Today, voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona and Nevada will decide whether the recreational use of cannabis should be legal. If the recreational use of marijuana is legalized in all five states, the number of residents with unrestricted access to cannabis would jump from 18 million to 75 million.

In addition, voters in Florida, North Dakota, Montana and Arkansas are deciding whether or not to legalize medical marijuana or expand its use.

In recent years, more and more states in the U.S. have been adopting marijuana-friendly policies but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refuses to take cannabis off of the nation’s most dangerous drugs list.

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