Marijuana legalization for personal use reaches new high in poll

Legalization had mixed success at the polls last week. While Colorado approved a constitutional amendment that would allow the sale of marijuana — and directs tax revenues to school construction — by some 10 percent, Oregon rejected a similar measurement by 8 percentage points.

Washington state also legalized possession and use for adults over the age of 21, and Massachusetts approved medical marijuana, but Arkansas rejected a medical marijuana ballot issue 51-49 percent. In Montana, restrictions on the distribution of medical marijuana were upheld by a 57-43 percent margin.

Marijuana possession and sale remain illegal under federal law, so it remains unclear how or if states will go about implementing the recently passed ballot initiatives.