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Michigan Voters Legalize Marijuana

07 November 2018

MI becomes the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Measures legalizing recreational marijuana are being considered during the midterm elections by voters in MI and North Dakota, potentially adding either to the list of nine states with similar laws now in place.

However, access to legal medical marijuana was likely in the state, regardless if the measure passed.

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North Dakotans decisively rejected a proposal to make marijuana legal for recreational purposes.

Utah voters also chose to legalize medical use of marijuana for people with qualifying illnesses, with about 56 per cent in favour and almost half of the state's polls reporting.

MI voters have passed an initiative to legalize marijuana.

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People 21 and older will be allowed to carry 2.5 ounces of marijuana on their person, store 10 ounces at home and grow up to 12 plants per residence.

Medical marijuana has been legal in MI since 2008, when 63 percent of voters approved it. MI joins nine states in legalizing recreational use: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Under the measure, adults can be in possession of 2.5 ounces of marijuana, a provision similar to the state's medical marijuana law that was approved in 2008. Residents of Missouri will decide between three competing measures to legalize medicinal pot.

Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them.

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Missouri voters opted to approve the sale of medical marijuana with a 4 per cent tax on cannabis sales with the revenue dedicated to health care services for US veterans. In October, Utah medical marijuana advocates and state lawmakers agreed to a compromise bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state but with some differences from the ballot initiative. The department can issue special licenses allowing on-site consumption, subject to local approval. The bill appears to have support from a number of key stakeholders in the state, from advocates, policymakers and the Mormon church.

Michigan Voters Legalize Marijuana