MI becomes first state in Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana

Americans didn't just vote for candidates, they also passed a number of ballot measures across the country on issues including legalizing marijuana, expanding access to Medicaid and restoring voting rights to felons. 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. OR voters rejected a similar measure.

The former group now includes MI, the first state in the Midwest to allow recreational use, and the latter group now includes Missouri and Utah. Legalization won in MI by almost 12 points, while the medical marijuana measures won by 14 points in Oklahoma, by more than six points in Utah, and by 31 points in Missouri.

MI legalized recreational marijuana, and while North Dakota rejected a similar measure, both Missouri and Utah voted in favor of medical marijuana. MI is the latest addition to a growing roster of states that have voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in recent years, bringing the total count to 10 states.

The law in MI takes effect in about one month.

- Permit retail sales of marijuana and edibles subject to a 10% tax, dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads, and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.

As of early Wednesday morning, 61 percent of voters had approved the proposal.

"The president doesn't have an ideology beyond self-preservation and getting re-elected, and if the math makes sense, he may drop strong hints on the campaign trail that the legalization of recreational cannabis at the federal level will happen if he wins in 2020", Malik said in an email to BNN Bloomberg.

Nevada voted to exempt feminine hygiene products from state and local sales taxes. On the other hand, medical marijuana will have been made legal 33 times after the motions are passed in Missouri and Utah.

Matthew Abel, an attorney with the Cannabis Counsel in Detroit, says there is still work to be done on marijuana laws in the state.

The explanation sheet states that the latter will expand "the group of people eligible to use medical cannabis".

"Encouragingly, support for cannabis achieved bipartisan support a year ago and Republican support was up 2 percentage points in 2018 to 53 percent", Azer told CNBC last week.

That means your city, or village or township, can decide not to allow the sale of recreational marijuana.

In Wisconsin, voters in some areas were asked non-binding referendums on cannabis, and ultimately voted in favor of ending marijuana prohibition.

In Alabama and West Virginia, voters approved amendments to their state constitutions that aim to prevent public funding of abortions.

  • David Armstrong