Marijuana smokers in Colorado and Washington are celebrating. The US states of Colorado and Washington have voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Under the new laws, people over the age of 21 will be allowed up to one ounce of marijuana, purchased at state licensed stores where it will be taxed like alcohol. In Colorado, known voters took the measure one step further allowing people to grow their own weed... up to six plants worth.
The measures are in direct defiance of federal laws that continue to classify the drug as an illegal narcotic, and could provoke intervention from Washington DC. Colorado's governor says federal and local governments should work together to find a solution.
For now, marijuana supporters are still riding high on their victory.