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Recreational Marijuana Measure Qualifies For November Ballot

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California voters will decide this fall whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
 
The Secretary of State's office announced late Tuesday afternoon that counties have validated enough voter signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot -- setting the stage for a pivotal battle this fall.
 
States like Colorado and Washington have already legalized recreational marijuana. Other states, notably Ohio recently, have rejected it. Now, it will be California's turn -- and as the saying goes, "As goes California, so goes the nation."
 
The measure becomes the 12th to become eligible for the November ballot. Six more are likely to qualify by Thursday's deadline.