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Two States and D.C. Legalize Marijuana

(CN) - Voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia on Tuesday approved ballot measures decriminalizing possession of small quantities of marijuana.

A majority of Florida voters approved a constitutional measure legalizing medical marijuana, but it failed because it required 60 percent of the vote.

Oregon and Alaska will allow pot merchants to set up licensed and taxed marijuana stores. The District of Columbia law allows adults to use and possess the weed, but not sell it.

District of Columbia voters approved the measure overwhelmingly - 69 percent of voters supported it.

The recreational pot elections were closer: 54 percent of Oregon voters backed it. Early Wednesday morning, Alaska's recreational marijuana measure had 52 percent of the vote.

Florida's medical marijuana measure missed by 3 percent: 57 percent of voters supported it.

Voters in several cities in Maine and Michigan, where marijuana is illegal, cast symbolic votes to decriminalize possession of small amounts for personal use. South Portland, Maine approved the measure while Lewiston rejected it.

Seven cities in Michigan passed pro-pot measures, while five rejected it.

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