Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Let's get high: MI just voted to legalize recreational marijuana

Let's get high: MI just voted to legalize recreational marijuana

Its proposal also levies a 10 percent sales tax on pot sales.

MI voters approved Proposal 1 Tuesday, which legalizes adult recreational marijuana use in the state, but sales may not begin until 2020. In the 2018 midterm elections, four states voted on various stages of legalization, whether medical or recreational. North Carolina and Arkansas voted to join 17 other states in requiring voters to show photo ID.

Missouri voted on three separate initiatives on pot; each one deals with how medical marijuana would be taxed, but Missouri voters had to decide which plan to go with.

The Associated Press also reports that Proposals 2 and 3 have passed.

State laws allowing recreational use of marijuana have spread across the United States since Colorado voters approved one in 2012. He says it will ultimately be up to them, but he's hoping to get most to opt out. Amendment 2 passed by a margin of 66 percent to 34 percent. As there's no list specifying qualifying illnesses or disorders, doctors will be allowed to recommend medical cannabis to patients as they see fit.

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 ball is now rolling in North Dakota, and we hope the state's passionate local activist community will keep that momentum going", said Mason Tvert, spokesperson for the Marijuana Policy Project.

OH was the most recent state to legalize medical weed through a ballot initiative in October, and Vermont became the first state to bypass the polls entirely by legalizing recreational cannabis through its state legislature in January.

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.

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