Californians passed a ballot measure Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana, creating a swath up and down the West Coast where pot smoking is now allowed.
Recreational marijuana is legal from Mexico to Canada. Oregon’s ban on recreational marijuana ended last year, while Washington passed a ballot measure legalizing it in 2012.
California’s decision also puts pressure on the federal government to reform its current stance. As the Washington Post noted Tuesday night, the state is home to 12 percent of all Americans, and President Obama recently said the federal ban may be “untenable” if the pro-marijuana ballot measure passed.
Also on Tuesday, North Dakota and Florida voted to allow medical marijuana, while Massachusetts voted in favor of recreational marijuana.
Both Gallup and the Pew Research Center poll released polls in October showing record-breaking support for marijuana, with roughly six in 10 Americans supporting some form of legalization.