The Oregon and Alaska measures would legalize recreational pot use and allow for retail pot shops similar to those already operating in Washington state and Colorado, the two states that voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use back in 2012.
The District of Columbia, on the other hand, will not see any retail outlets opening, but will allow adults 21 and older to possess up to two ounces (57 grams) of cannabis and grow up to six plants. The D.C. measure had been strongly favored to pass but could still be halted during a review by the U.S. Congress, which has constitutional oversight over the capital.
More pot referendums are expected during 2016 presidential elections.
“In 2016 we’re going to push the ball forward in several states until we end prohibition,” Leland Berger, a Portland attorney who helped write the state’s new law, said.