The ultimate guide to marijuana legalization

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Cannabis legalization racked up a slew of victory’s in Tuesdays elections.

New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana voted to legalize cannabis for all adults over the age of 21. South Dakota also voted to create a medical-cannabis program, as did Mississippi. It will take time for legalization to go into effect in each of the states. 

Colorado and Washington broke ground in 2012 as the first US states to legalize recreational cannabis. Thirteen states and Washington, DC, have now joined them. Medical marijuana will be legal in 35 states, meaning that a majority of Americans will have some form of access to legal marijuana.

Ballot initiatives have played a major role in the spread of legal cannabis, and 13 of the states that legalized recreational marijuana did so through referendums.

Business Insider put together a ballot tracker to help you understand everything you need to know about the far-reaching implications of the cannabis measures voters approved.

To put the tracker together, we tapped a variety of sources to explain the nuances of each state’s ballot measures, including analysts from the investment bank Cowen. 

This article was updated on November 4 with election results.

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