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The United States presidential election is over, having taken the world's attention. There were also many votes on State measures during the election. These received far less coverage outside the states concerned, but there were some interesting results.

As recorded by Ballotpedia, here is a summary of some of the measures included on the 2016 ballot:   

Nine states voted on marijuana reform: Arkansas, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada and North Dakota approved their specific measures, with Arizona defeating its proposition.   

California had the most controversial marijuana measure passed, Proposition 64.

Prop 64 states that persons aged 21 years and older will be allowed to possess, transport, purchase, consume and share up to one ounce (around 28 grams) of marijuana (in what is generally considered its 'standard form') and eight grams of marijuana concentrates (oil, wax, canibutter/budder, etc).

The affirmative result means that marijuana will be classified as a legal product and a 15% tax will be added to all legal sales.

The Californian Legislative Analyst's Office expects annual tax revenue to eventually reach over $1 billion. It is estimated that it will also save the state around $100 million annually, due to reduced legal and incarceration costs, and will aid in alleviating the overburdened criminal justice system.

Three states voted on death penalty measures, California, Nebraska and Oklahoma. All three have decided to keep the death penalty.

Five states voted on re-evaluating minimum wage measures. Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington approved their measures, with South Dakota defeating its proposal.

Two states voted on healthcare measures and reform. California, Nevada and Washington approved their initiatives, while Colorado voted against the proposed Colorado Care System.

Four states voted on firearms measures. California, Nevada and Washington all approved their measures to introduce tighter gun control checks, while Maine did not pass its proposed measure.