States make history, vote for gay marriage, legalize marijuana

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Posted on November 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

MARYLAND -- History was made at the polls in several states when they voted to legalize same-sex marriage and voted for new guidelines for owning and using marijuana.

Maine and Maryland are the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, breaking a 32-state streak since 198 in which every state that voted for gay marriage rebuffed it.

Washington state is also projected to pass a measure legalizing same-sex marriage.

Gay marriage is already legal in six states and the District of Columbia, but in those cases it was the result of legislation or court orders.

Washington State and Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana.

Colorado's Amendment 64 will allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Using the drug publicly will still be banned.

The amendment also allows people to grow up to six marijuana plants in a private, secure place.

Estimates show pot taxes could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars per year.

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