There are now eight states that have legalized marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington), 13 more with decriminalization laws and 44 with medical-marijuana laws.
Fears of Rudolph Giuliani or Chris Christie becoming the nation's next Attorney General have been replaced by the specter of ultra-conservative Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated to head the Justice Department by President-elect Trump.
Marijuana measures passed in eight states on Election Day, led by adult-use legalization victories in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada.
Marijuana legalization measures for recreational or adult use (Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada) and for medical use (Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota) are all on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Sting, Sarah Silverman, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Etheridge, Jay Z, Harry Belafonte, Tim Robbins, Herbie Hancock, Common, Danny Glover, Bill Kreutzmann, Ricky Williams and Al Harrington are among the many celebrities who have endorsed the marijuana legalization initiative, Prop 64, in California.
During Pres. Barack Obama's first-ever appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher," he told the host that "we're going to have to have a more serious conversation about how we are treating marijuana and our drug laws in general."
With five states with adult-use marijuana measures on the November ballot, CBS' chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook goes to Colorado to examine recreational cannabis legalization there nearly three years after it started in the "60 Minutes" segment, "The Pot Vote."
Nine states will be voting to either legalize recreational or medical marijuana on Nov. 8. With the coffers full, ad dollars are being spent and media wars are being waged in the key battleground states. Watch the ad spots…
A bill that would legalize marijuana in Vermont is moving quickly in the state legislature. It allows for retail stores and cannabis lounges, as well as possession of up to one ounce.
Nebraska and Oklahoma hoped the Supreme Court would respond favorably to their 2014 suit regarding Colorado's legal adult marijuana market, but the High Court dismissed the challenge on Mar. 21. The states contend that marijuana crossing their borders is "placing stress on their criminal justice systems."