As it is known, come Tuesday, November 8, the race between the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, and the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, will come to an end andthe United States of America will have anewly elected president. From multiple sexual allegationsto email leaks, the two candidates have definitely caused their fair share of upheavalfor the American citizens and this campaign has surely been one for the books. However, there are other important things happening on November 8: its the day that nine states will cast their ballots determining whether or not marijuanashould be legal.

History of marijuana

Marijuana has been around for thousands of years as a euphoric agent. Its first recorded use dates back to around 1200 BC in Asia. It then moved its way into Africa, Europe, and finally the United States duringthe 16th century. After years ofuse for medicinal and recreational purposes, in 1970 the United States passed The Controlled Substances Act making the drug illegal.

Medical vs. Recreational

Currently, twenty-five states have laws pertaining to the legal use of marijuana in some form. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, andWashington D.C. have all legalized it for medicinal and recreational purposes, while the other states have legalized it only for medicinal purposes.

A few other states have passed laws that allow limited medical marijuana use, such as the purchasing of cannabis oil. As tax revenues soar through the roof, the legalization of recreational marijuana in states such as Colorado has led to an entirely new economy.

2016 marks the 20 years since California legalized medical marijuana.

Being the first state to ever legalize it for medicinal purposes, California is among four other states -- Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Maine -- on the ballot for legalizingit for recreational purposes. Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota will be voting for the legalization of medicinal marijuana.

Tuesday will be a very interesting day for the American population. On November 9, not only will Americans wake up to a new president, but many may also wake up to the possibility of being able to legally use marijuana for medical purposes, or for fun.

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