MI became the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana, and the 10th state overall to do so, with both CNN and NBC reporting that the state had passed Proposal 1. It would have also allowed for a legal system of production and sales but it did not outline any rules or regulations. Cowabunga! With 55 percent of precincts reporting as of 11:40 p.m., 57.7 percent of voters had voted "yes" on Proposition 1, according to the New York Times. Counting Oklahoma, where voters approved medical marijuana in June, three red states have taken that step this year.
With Michigan voting to legalize adult use, neighbors like OH and IL could soon follow suit to help build a market in that region, according to Ken Shea, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. 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. 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.
North Dakota voters are also deciding whether to legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday.
Marijuana is illegal under federal law, though the Obama administration advised prosecutors against pursuing related cases in states that have passed legislation permitting the plant for medical or recreational purposes. Within a residence, adults will be permitted to grow up to twelve marijuana plants and/or possess up to ten ounces of marijuana. With Missouri and Utah now joining the ranks, medical marijuana is now legal in 32 states. Both states passed amendments that legalize marijuana for people with qualifying illnesses, bringing the total count in the United States to 30 states.
MI voters were asked to give their opinion on Proposal 1, which would fully legalize marijuana in the state.
Adult recreational users of weed will be able to use it legally in another state.
But wait, there's more.
Wisconsin held a referendum to ask voters' opinion on legalization of marijuana across 16 counties.
A minimum wage increase was approved in two states.
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. Smith is now a senior writing fellow at the Independent Media Institute.
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