Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Michigan, Missouri, Utah voters opt to loosen marijuana laws

Michigan, Missouri, Utah voters opt to loosen marijuana laws

One example of a possible timeline for MI comes from Colorado: Voters approved recreational marijuana in November 2012, but it didn't officially become legal to sell until 2014. Here's a rundown of the results.

But even then there's more work to do before Michiganders can buy legal recreational marijuana in a store.

With Michigan voting to legalize adult use, neighbors like OH and IL could soon follow suit to help build a market in that region, according to Ken Shea, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence.

In Michigan, passage of Proposal 1 would legalize marijuana use and possession for adults 21 while paving the way for the state to set up a system for taxing and regulating retail sales.

On the MI side of the border, recreational cannabis will not be legal until ten days after election results are official.

On the other hand, North Dakota voters nixed their proposal, Measure 3. It would have also expunged past and current convictions related to cannabis.

If Measure 3 passed, it would have fallen on the state legislature to pull together a regulatory structure.

His platform includes legalizing medical marijuana, which voters in 14 of 16 counties across the state signaled support for in advisory referendums on the ballot.

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Amendment 2 follows the footsteps of previous state medical legalization. Patients not living within 100 miles of a dispensary would be able to grow six plants at home.

Instead of one ballot initiative to legalize marijuana, there were three - each with different marijuana sales tax percentages and allocating that tax revenue to different locations. The taxes collected would be used to fund a "state institute" to research "presently incurable diseases". Proposition 2 was passed with 53 percent of the vote.

MI voters were asked to give their opinion on Proposal 1, which would fully legalize marijuana in the state.

On a night where the house and senate were being decided across bipartisan lines, voters in 4 states were decided on the legalization of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes. As there's no list specifying qualifying illnesses or disorders, doctors will be allowed to recommend medical cannabis to patients as they see fit.

Recreational marijuana is now legal in some form in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Washington, D.C. Additionally, 30 states offer some form of medical cannabis.

MI legalized recreational marijuana, and while North Dakota rejected a similar measure, both Missouri and Utah voted in favor of medical marijuana.

A Gallup poll released last month found that 66 percent of Americans, the highest level ever in the firm's almost 50 years of surveys on the topic, support marijuana legalization.

In Ohio, five cities voted to decriminalize marijuana.

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