Maine map and state flag. Image: Darwinek via Wikimedia Commons
Scott Malone and Sharon BernsteinReuters ~
Two groups that had backed competing ballot initiatives to make recreational use of marijuana legal in Maine agreed on Monday to join forces on one measure to put before voters in 2016.

Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigning in September 2015. Image: Phil Roeder via Wikimedia Commons
Asked whether he'd support Nevada's 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in that state, Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders answered "I suspect I would vote yes" to applause from the crowd.

Voting sign at night. Image: Ben Combee, Austin TX via Wikimedia Commons
Unless you live in the South, recreational weed is coming to a state near you.

California state map and cannabis leaf. Image: Cooljuno411 via Wikimedia Commons
Nearly two decades after Californians legalized marijuana for medical use and a year before they may approve it for recreational purposes, Gov. Jerry Brown has imposed statewide rules on the growth, transport and sale of the drug.

Flag of Ohio at Sawyer Point. Image: Jeff Kubina via Wikimedia Commons
Barry Petersen ~ CBS News ~
Four states already allow recreational pot, but approved medical marijuana first. Now, Ohio could make history by legalizing both at the same time, and the pro-marijuana camp is ramping up as the days until the vote are counting down.

U.S. Capitol. Image: Jorge Gallovia via Wikimedia Commons
State lawmakers are calling on the federal government to change its drug laws to let states experiment with marijuana and hemp policy.

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