Michigan Becomes First Midwest State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Desiree Hennessy center attends to her adopted son Hestevan who has Cerebral Palsy and suffers from chronic nerve pain seizure disorder during the Utah Patients Coalition news conference in Salt Lake City. Ut

Still, not all states were ready to follow Canada's lead: North Dakota's ballot measure to decriminalize marijuana failed. In the 2018 midterm elections, four states voted on various stages of legalization, whether medical or recreational.

Approval of Proposal 1 comes ten years after MI voters approved medical marijuana.

Voters in 37 states considered an array of intriguing ballot measures.

Proposals legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes are pending in Missouri and Utah, meanwhile, where their passage would increase the number of states that permit medical cannabis from 31. The industry would be subject to a 10 percent tax, as well as a sales tax. "But with legalizations looming - perhaps within the next two years - and more States creating medical and recreational programs, we believe cannabis stocks are on a firm upward trajectory, although there may be a few dips along the way". Residents would be allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants at their home without a license or purchase pot from a licensed business.

In this way, Utah and Missouri joined a list that now includes 33 states where medical marijuana is legal.

The proposal allows people 21 and older to possess, use, and buy cannabis for recreational use.

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It may take a month for recreational marijuana to officially become legal in the state of MI.

"Investors believed cannabis stocks were over-valued ahead of legalization, and then the stocks rocketed upward as legalization neared and took effect".

North Dakota also weighed in a measure that would legalize marijuana use for those over the age of 21, but voters overwhelmingly rejected the proposal by a margin of 59.5% to 40.5%.

Nationwide, 66 percent of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana according to a recent poll from Gallup.

In Utah, despite the machinations of the Mormon Church and the state's Republican political establishment, which sought to blunt support for Proposition 2 by promising to pass some sort of medical marijuana bill later this year, voters weren't willing to wait. More than 60% of Florida voters voted in favor of a measure to restore voting rights to more than a million felons who have completed their sentences, reports CNN.

And in one of the sweeter outcomes of the Democrats' retaking of the House, one of the biggest obstacles to marijuana reform in Congress, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), lost to Democrat Colin Allred, a supporter of marijuana reform.

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