Maine recreational marijuana vote: Question 1 still too close to call in early returns

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The election results on Maine’s hotly contested Question 1 — which would legalize recreational marijuana in the state — were too close to call in early returns Tuesday night.

With 444 of 589 precincts reporting at 11:15 p.m. MST Tuesday, the yes vote was leading with 287,219 votes, or 51 percent, to the no vote’s 280,487 votes, or 49 percent.

Voters in Massachusetts on Tuesday approved a ballot measure making it the first state in the eastern U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. If Question 1 is approved, Maine would become the East Coast’s second adult-use stronghold.

Tuesday’s approvals — which include a big win in California, with the passage of Proposition 64 — marks a major national victory for proponents of legalized marijuana. Currently, cannabis is legal for recreational use only in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

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