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Four states voted to legalize marijuana on Election Day

Weed is now legal in 15 states total, plus Washington D.C.

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Sarah Medina
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You'll soon be able to light up in four more states across the USA. On Tuesday night, New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana and Arizona passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana.

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In Montana, state measures legalized the purchase and use of cannabis for those 21 and older. Possession of the drug would be capped at 1 ounce, or less than 8 grams of concentrate. In New Jersey, the state’s constitution will be amended to permit those who are 21 and older to use and possess marijuana, as well as to permit marijuana to be cultivated, processed, and sold in the state. In Arizona, recreational marijuana use was approved for those 21 and older, along with a 16 percent excise tax on the drug. Finally, in South Dakota, the state will amend the constitution to allow purchase, possession and distribution of up to one ounce of marijuana, for those 21 years old and older. South Dakota also became the first state to legalize medical and recreational marijuana use in the same day. 

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Marijuana was also on the ballot in Mississippi. Voters chose to legalize marijuana for medical purposes and offer patients broader access to the drug, though recreational use will remain illegal (for now). 

Before Tuesday, eleven other states and the District of Columbia already allowed for legal recreational marijuana. The new laws mean that right now one in three Americans live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal. 

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