MI becomes first state in Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana

MI becomes first state in Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana

MI just joined nine other states, the District of Columbia, and Canada in legalizing recreational marijuana. Following in Colorado's footsteps, the proposal will allow adults 21 and over to purchase and possess weed, and will tax cannabis products.

The measure passed by a 56-44 percent margin.

People in Colorado voted to remove language in the state constitution allowing slavery and involuntary servitude to be used to punish a crime. The proposal also creates an additional license for marijuana "microbusinesses" for grows of up to 150 plants, and individuals can grow up to 12 marijuana plants per household. Missouri became the 31st state to approve the medical use of marijuana, while Utah was considering that step.

Meanwhile, a similar measure in North Dakota is poised for defeat. He says it will ultimately be up to them, but he's hoping to get most to opt out.

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.

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Voters in four states are casting ballots on measures to legalize marijuana Tuesday, further testing the Trump administration's stance on the subject following the federal government's reversal of Obama-era law enforcement policies. Amendment 2 passed, which allowed doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to patients. Canada last month became the first industrialized country to legalize recreational cannabis.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol says public consumption and driving under the influence are not legalized, and no commercial sales will happen until businesses are licensed and approved.

Utah voters also gave the nod to medical marijuana.

State Senator Coleman Young II attended a pro-recreational pot party in Detroit.

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