Marijuana expands into three more states

Marijuana expands into three more states

Troy Powers
November 8, 2018

MI voters have legalized the sale and use of recreational marijuana, making their state the first in the Midwest and the 10th overall to do so. Here's a rundown of the results. Proposal 1 legalizes the use and sale for adults 21 and older. Most of those states listed above allow only six plants per household.

Unlike precedents set by other states' legalization efforts, North Dakota's Measure 3 didn't touch regulation and possession limits. It would have also expunged past and current convictions related to cannabis. "Members of Congress need to listen to their constituents, allow states to determine their own cannabis policies, and start treating this burgeoning legal industry fairly".

In Utah and Missouri, voters on Tuesday decided that patients should have access to medical marijuana.

"Now I'm very hopeful that we can now work on getting these brothers and sisters out of jail and getting them into jobs, and that's what I'm all about", Young said.

Amendment 2 was passed with a margin of 66 percent to 34 percent. The taxes collected would be used to fund a "state institute" to research "presently incurable diseases". New York may be the next state to approve medicinal or recreational marijuana usage, with New York State health officials reporting that "the positive effects of regulating an adult marijuana market in NYS outweigh the potential negative impacts".

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MI has become the first state in the Midwest to approve recreational use of marijuana.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is widely expected to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, introduced a bipartisan bill in August that would amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow cannabis companies in states where marijuana is legal to open accounts at federally regulated financial institutions and remain exempt from federal persecution. Amendment two passed. That allows doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to patients.

Including Michigan, 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. Colorado voters passed their initiative on November 6, 2012 and had to wait a month until a new state amendment went into effect on December 6, 2012, making marijuana officially legal in Colorado.

Wisconsin held a referendum to ask voters' opinion on legalization of marijuana across 16 counties. Voters in a number of Wisconsin localities, including the population centers of Madison and Milwaukee, overwhelmingly approved non-binding referenda calling for marijuana legalization, while voters approved decriminalization in five out of six OH cities where it was on the ballot, including Dayton. The Detroit Free Press projects a comfortable victory for the ballot proposal to make the state the 10th to legalize recreational pot.