Voters in California, Nevada and Massachusetts opted to make the recreational use of marijuana legal, in what is considered a major victory for those who were proponents of the decriminalization of the drug.

Voters had the issue on the ballot in five states—the results from two states, Maine and Arizona—have yet to come in, reports CNN. This is a considerable step toward decriminalizing marijuana on a federal level, and the immediate affects of the law should be significant, particularly for black and brown people who were jailed for marijuana use, bolstering the prison industrial complex.

Given the result of the presidential election, legal weed use comes just in time for many people who remain in shock that Donald Trump will be president of the United States.

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

Take a look at CNN's map detailing where recreational and medical use of marijuana is now legal.


The other big story in California was the passing of Prop. 57, which allowed nonviolent felons to be considered for parole, which Compton rapper YG publicly supported and is considered another huge victory in the push to reform America's prison system.


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