What's next for recreational marijuana in MI?

Marijuana legalization on the ballot in four states

The measure would have reduced penalties for a variety of cannabis-related crimes and would have changed the state's constitution to focus on treatment instead of incarceration in drug-related charges.

MI voters approved a law that legalized the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana products by those who are at least 21 years of age. By her calculation, after factoring in MI, the total addressable market for adult, medical, and illicit use of marijuana will be $24.5 billion by 2030.

In Missouri, voters passed one of three unrelated medical marijuana measures that made it onto the ballot. Medical marijuana was first approved by the state in 2008, making it the 13th state to legalize medical cannabis.

Proposal 1 establishes a 10 percent tax on marijuana products in addition to Michigan's 6 percent sales tax. "Legalization of marijuana will end the unnecessary waste of law enforcement resources used to enforce the failed policy of prohibition while generating hundreds of millions of dollars each year for Michigan's most important needs". The only loss for weed came in North Dakota, where voters approved medical marijuana two years ago but weren't ready to take the next step this year.

Utah voters also gave the nod to medical marijuana.

USA efforts to legalize recreational marijuana use saw mixed results on Tuesday, as voters in MI approved a measure legalizing the drug while North Dakotans looked set to block it. The Detroit Free Press projects a comfortable victory for the ballot proposal to make the state the 10th to legalize recreational pot.

MI is significantly less restrictive than other states with legalized weed - while most others only allow residents to possess up to one ounce of bud, MI residents will be allowed to hold up to 2.5 ounces. The measure would have legalized recreational cannabis for those 21 and over. "While members of Congress in both major parties have become increasingly supportive of good marijuana legislation, approximately 90% of Democrats-and only 25% of Republicans-support such legislation generally". They ultimately voted yes on Amendment 2, and no on the other measures.

North Dakotans passed an initiative allowing the use of medical marijuana in 2016 but the state has been slow to approve dispensaries. I was on a drug policy panel with Rohrabacher last week at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration, and he seemed confident that President Trump, who has repeatedly said states should be free to set their own marijuana policies, is prepared to sign that bill or something similar. If more than one measure passes, the proposal with the largest affirmative vote will become law.



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