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Three U.S. states approve marijuana for recreational use

Three U.S. states approve marijuana for recreational useState-wide polls in California, Nevada and Massachusetts showed that voters endorsed the recreational use of marijuana.

The votes took place alongside the presidential election. They legalise the growth and consumption of cannabis for those over 21 years old.

As concerning other states, Arizona rejected legalising recreational use. Meanwhile people in Florida and North Dakota, meanwhile, legalised medicinal use.

The drug will be an option in the management of conditions including cancer, Aids and hepatitis C.

California said the taxes on the sale and farming of cannabis would support youth programmes, environmental protection and law enforcement.

Legal marijuana is among the fastest growing industries in America, with some analysts suggesting sales could reach $22bn by 2020.

Opponents, however, had said the proposition opened the way for promotion of the drug on shows watched by young people, exhibiting "reckless disregard for child health and safety".

In Massachusetts, the legislation is set to take effect in December, with similar taxation measures to those in California.
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