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The state of Alaska legalized marijuana for recreational purposes in 2015. People can have less than 1 ounce of marijuana on them and only harvest up to 4 ounces in their home. And consuming marijuana in public and driving while high are no-nos. Alaska's law took effect on Feb. 25, 2015.
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A legalization bill passed in Oregon in 2015 allowing residents 21 years old and older possess up to 8 ounces in their homes and grow up to four plants, out of public view. Oregon residents also can carry up to an ounce outside their homes, but it's still illegal to smoke marijuana in public.
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On Nov. 8, 2016, California residents voted in favor of Proposition 64 making recreational use of marijuana legal. The bill adds a 15 percent sales tax on marijuana, and its cultivation will be taxed. The money will be used in part to study drug research, to study treatment and to help with enforcement of the law.
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Massachusetts also voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on Nov. 8, 2016. Question 4, as the recreational use measure was called, will legalize it and allow the commonwealth to tax and regulate its use and sale, much like the way alcohol is handled. That means people 21 and older could use it, possess it or grow it. They can have under 10 ounces in their home and under 1 ounce in public and be allowed to grow six plants.
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In 2016, Maine residents voted "yes" on Question 1, making it legal for a person 21 or older to use marijuana. The state will put a 10 percent sales tax on the drug and allow social clubs and retail groups to sell it. The law will allow people to use it in a nonpublic space or in a private residence and institute a sales tax, with 98 percent of revenue from sales taxes going to a general fund.
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