On Nov. 6, 2012, Barack Obama was reelected as President, and Washington and Colorado residents voted to legalize recreational pot. However, a similar measure failed in Oregon, with only 43% of the vote.
Washington earned the distinction of being the first state to call marijuana legalization a success; voters approved Measure 502 by a 10 point margin: 55.5% to 44.5%.
The measure will permit state-licensed marijuana growers, processors and retail stores, where adults over 21 can purchase up to one ounce of dried marijuana. The law also establishes a standard blood test to enforce restrictions on driving while stoned. Tax revenues may reach $2 billion over five years, which will go to fund education, health care, substance abuse prevention, and other basic government services.