Recreational marijuana use was approved in California, Nevada and Massachusetts, and Medical marijuana use was legalized in Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota. (Photo: iStock)

If President-elect Donald Trump wants to test the mettle of his justice department, yesterday’s election perfectly set the stage for a showdown or throwdown.

Across the nation, voters said they wanted to be able to legally purchase marijuana and related products, either for fun or for medicinal purposes. New pot-legal recreational states include the big prize — California — and smaller fish Nevada and Massachusetts. The measure was on the ballot in Maine, but the final count wasn’t in this morning. Medical marijuana use was legalized in Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota. 

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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