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Among all the election results, several key ballot measures were decided by voters. In two states, recreational use of marijuana was approved, while voters in two others approved same-sex marriage.
Colorado and Washington state became the first states in the US to approve marijuana for recreational use. The Colorado measure earned 53 percent approval, reports Reuters. In Washington state, 55 percent of voters approved.
Both measures would make it legal for anyone 21 and older to have at least an ounce of marijuana on them.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who did not support the measure, issued a statement that stressed that recreational marijuana use is still illegal under Federal law. “Federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don't break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly,” he stated.
CNN reports that Massachusetts voters approved marijuana for medicinal purposes. A similar measure was on the Montana ballot as well, but final results are still pending.
Gay rights activists celebrated a huge victory as well, as Maine and Maryland became the latest states to legalize same-sex marriage, notes The New York Times. These were the first ballot measures on same-sex marriage to be approved in the country.
Minnesota voters also rejected a measure that would have amended the State Constitution to include language that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
The results from Washington state’s measure on marriage equality are still pending.
CNN reports that Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin also became the first openly gay Senator after winning her election, beating the state’s former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson.