Michigan Voters Legalize Marijuana

Irving Hamilton
November 7, 2018

A ballot measure in North Dakota would make it legal for residents 21 or older to grow, possess and use marijuana in whatever quantity they want.

In Michigan, voters will decide whether to approve - for adults aged 21 and older - recreational use and legalize the possession and sale of up to 2.5 ounces of pot.

With the approval, MI residents who are 21 years old or older will now be able to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana outside their homes.

MI now joins nine other states that have legalized marijuana for all uses: Washington, Colorado, California, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada and Vermont.

According to the polls MI seems likely to legalize marijuana, with recent Gallup and the Pew Research Center polls showing it had the support of more than 60 percent of respondents. There are no limits on cannabis possession, sale, and regulation in the proposal. First the money collected would be used to implement, administer and enforce the new law - an amount that is not specified in the text of the measure.

Voters in Utah and Missouri will consider whether to approve the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Inside their private residence, they can have up to 10 ounces of pot and could grow up to 12 plants. Supporters said they believed it was necessary to clarify ambiguous wording, even though it's already illegal for noncitizens to vote in the state.

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There is little polling in Missouri on legalizing weed but a survey in August showed voters supported it in general terms, according to an August study. Then a provision in the ballot measure requires that for at least two years, $20 million of the marijuana tax revenue must be spent on one or more clinical trials that research the use of marijuana to treat veterans and prevent suicide.

Utah voters will weigh in on medical marijuana, but the eventual result is essentially a foregone conclusion.

The bill will not allow citizens to grow their own plants and will establish a state-run medical marijuana distribution network.

The ballot measure could alter the balance of power in a state Republicans have controlled since 2010.

Supporting the measure is the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which has been endorsed by a national organization of black-owned businesses and a group of retired MI law enforcement officers. "This compromise eliminates that uncertainty and ensures legislative leaders are committed to making the law work".

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