Twenty years after California voters made the Golden State the first in America to permit marijuana’s use as medicine, state voters on Tuesday night passed Proposition 64 to legalize pot for adult recreational use.
The passage of Proposition 64, leading by 56 to 45 percent Tuesday night, underscores a changing generational trajectory for marijuana in politics and culture and stands to invigorate California’s teeming medical marijuana economy – already the largest cannabis marketplace on the planet from medical marijuana alone. The Associated Press declared the initiative a victor shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m.
Under the initiative, adults 21 and over can legally consume marijuana, regardless of medical need, and possess up to an ounce of pot or 8 grams of cannabis concentrate. Many also can begin planting up to six marijuana plants at home, indoors or in enclosed structures, though local governments can ban outdoor cultivation