Voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 64, which would make California the most populous state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
Voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 64, making California the most populous state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
The approval of the ballot measure creates the largest market for marijuana products in the U.S. It comes six years after California voters narrowly rejected a similar measure. Activists said passage would be an important moment in a fight for marijuana legalization across the U.S.
“We are very excited that citizens of California voted to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition," said Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Assn. "Proposition 64 will allow California to take its rightful place as the center of cannabis innovation, research and development.”
The mood turned celebratory at Donald Trump’s election night party in Manhattan Tuesday, as Fox News anchors on big-screen television monitors announced his victories in the crucial battleground states of Ohio and North Carolina.
The first big roar of cheers filled the hotel ballroom when the Republican presidential nominee was projected the winner of Ohio.
“We think things look really good for us right now,” said Sarah Huckabee, a senior Trump advisor.
Joe Arpaio has lost his seventh bid for Maricopa County sheriff, ending a 23-year reign that generated controversy, lawsuits and accusations of bias against Latinos while emboldening the strong-borders movement in the U.S.
Arpaio, a Republican, lost to Democrat Paul Penzone.
The longtime sheriff had trailed in some polls by double digits.
California voters on Tuesday elected the state’s first new U.S. senator in 24 years, and made history in the process.
State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris won the race, according to the Associated Press, becoming the first black politician in history to represent California in the Senate.
With Harris cemented as the solid front-runner and Democratic Party favorite, challenger Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) embraced the role of the underdog and attempted to stitch together support from Latinos, Republicans and moderates. But hampered by an underfunded campaign and missteps, her effort failed to take hold.
Financial markets tumbled Tuesday night, with futures for the Dow Jones industrial average plunging more than 700 points, as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s surprisingly strong performance triggered uncertainty among investors.
Dow futures were off about 4%. Futures also dropped nearly 5% for the Nasdaq and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index as Trump threatened to upset Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and shatter expectations on Wall Street and financial centers around the world.
Stocks were down about 2% in early morning trading across Asia while gold rallied as a safe haven.
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We believe and we hope that California citizens are going to make a statement about who we are, particularly in 2016, which is the year of Trump.
Tom Steyer, majorDemocratic donor in California, anticipating the results in advance of the state's polls closing.
After two years of controversy over the state's execution procedures, Oklahoma voters issued a strong show of support for the death penalty on Tuesday.
State Question 776 passed with 66% of voters in support of the measure. It amends the state constitution to give state lawmakers more power to change the state's execution methods if those execution methods are ruled invalid.
Critics of the measure said it did little to change the legislature's existing powers.
Coloradans have decided that terminally ill patients should be allowed to end their lives with the assistance of a physician.
The state joins five others, including California, with so-called "death with dignity" laws that grant terminally diagnosed patients the right to take life-ending, doctor-prescribed sleeping medication.
In recent years, Democrats in the state Legislature had attempted to pass legislation allowing for assisted suicide, but were rejected by Republicans in the split Legislature.