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MI becomes first Midwest state to legalize recreational marijuana

MI becomes first Midwest state to legalize recreational marijuana

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.

Many opposed to the measure argued that the proposal was too unstructured as it would have allowed for people to grow and possess as much cannabis as they want.

Voters in Missouri and Utah also weighed in on propositions related to the legalization of marijuana, but their ballot measures pertained to medicinal use of the drug. It came as the state was still setting up its medical marijuana system, which voters approved by a wide margin two years ago.

Voters this evening passed Proposal 18-1 into law, making MI the 10th state to legalize marijuana.

Sioux County, which lies within the Standing Rock Reservation, had the highest percentage of votes in favor of the proposal, with about 71 percent voting in favor of legalization. "We hope lawmakers will implement the measure efficiently and effectively to ensure qualified patients can gain access to their medicine as soon as possible". Measure 3 was a grassroots effort with little outside support and strong and deep-pocketed opposition. Amendment 3 would allow doctors to prescribe weed, but would impose a 15-percent tax and ban home cultivation; and Proposition 3 would tax marijuana at 2 percent and set a list of qualifying conditions. Prop 2 had 53.2 percent of the votes, with 76 percent of precincts reporting. And research from Washington State University found that police in Washington and Colorado are solving crimes faster than their peers in states without marijuana legalization.

"This is yet another historic election for the movement to end marijuana prohibition. Yet they will pass them to send a message to cannabis advocates".

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Opponents say legalizing marijuana would lead to increased use by children, drug abuse and auto crashes.

"Now that more than 30 states have enacted comprehensive medical marijuana laws, it is time for Congress to step up and address the issue at the federal level".

But wait, there's more. On a more municipal level, voters in various cities across OH weighed questions related to decriminalization and minimizing punishments so that possession is treated like a traffic ticket instead of a misdemeanor.

While there is still considerable room for liberalizing marijuana policy by initiative, the focus increasingly will shift to legislatures in states such as New Jersey, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. As chairman of the House Rules Committee, Sessions repeatedly blocked reform measures from advancing. Sessions was defeated by Democrat Colin Allred, a medical marijuana supporter who has criticized Sessions' anti-pot prejudices.

This article was produced by Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Smith is now a senior writing fellow at the Independent Media Institute.

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