Labor Day Weekends is America's last chance to celebrate the summer season before gearing up for fall. The holiday was created by the labor movement in late 19th century, but it didn't become a nationally recognized holiday until 1894. Labor Day is observed on the first Monday of September. Americans nationwide take the time to devote a weekend-long celebration to the annual holiday. It is often celebrated with barbeques, parties, beach trips.
The results are in: The people of Massachusetts have voted legalize recreational marijuana. And oh boy, did they ever. Voters in Massachusetts passed Question 4 Tuesday which will regulate and tax marijuana similar to the way the state sells alcohol. With these results, adults age 21 and older will have the right to purchase, possess and consume cannabis in the state. The state is one of five states to include a similar initiative on its ballot this election, and joins Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, which have also regulated and taxed recreational marijuana.
Twenty-nine states, as well as the District of Columbia, passed laws that allow the use of legal marijuana--whether for medical purposes or recreationally--for adults 21 and up. While a few states have allowed the use in very specific cases, there are still 21 states across the U.S. that do not offer a comprehensive marijuana program. Possessing any amount of marijuana for personal use is considered a misdemeanor offense, resulting into one year in jail and a $6,000 fine. People caught with pot in instances other than personal use are subject to felony charges, one to 10 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Those who are caught selling, trafficking or cultivating the plant are at risk of felony charges and prison sentences between 2 years and life.
Bite is Mother Jones' new food politics podcast. Listen to all our episodes here, or by subscribing in iTunes or Stitcher or via RSS. If this year's presidential race hasn't made you want to shotgun an IPA at full speed, then you haven't been paying attention. Even the most reserved of us have probably reached for the bottle more than we'd like to admit. But election night is nearly upon us, and to toast the end of the shit-show as the total counts come in, we're going to need some drinks.