Different strains of marijuana are displayed during a rally in support of Prop 64 at Sparc Dispensary Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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A ballot measure to make recreational marijuana legal for adults was approved in California, opening the most populous U.S. state to a burgeoning commercial cannabis market in a major victory for supporters of liberalized drug laws.Proposition 64 passed easily as statewide returns from the election showed nearly 56 percent of voters favoring the measure and 44 percent opposed, according to results on Wednesday morning reported from more than 90 percent of precincts.Before Tuesday, 25 states had already legalized cannabis in some way, whether for medical or recreational uses, or both. Approval in California alone, home to 39 million people, means that almost a fifth of all Americans live in states where recreational marijuana is legal, according to U.S. Census figures.California was the first U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana, doing so in 1996 .
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