MI becomes first state in Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana

Sean Reid
November 8, 2018

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.

One example of a possible timeline for MI comes from Colorado: Voters approved recreational marijuana in November 2012, but it didn't officially become legal to sell until 2014. While an amendment to legalize recreational cannabis in North Dakota failed, voters in Utah and Missouri passed measures to make marijuana available for medical use. The majority voted in favor of legalization either medicinal or adult-use of marijuana, which signals state officials that they should proceed with the necessary reforms.

Allow individuals 21 and older to; purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.

"Thanks to the unflagging efforts of patients and advocates, Missourians who could benefit from medical marijuana will soon be able to use it without fear of being treated like criminals", said Matthew Sweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project.

The state will collect a 10 percent excise tax on marijuana sales, with revenue split between education, infrastructure, and municipalities that have approved marijuana businesses.

Three other states had marijuana-related measures on their ballots.

According to preliminary results, more than 54% of voters in MI said yes to the initiative that imposes a 10-ounce limit for MI residents, creates a state licensing system, will allow for retail sales subject to a 10% tax and changes several current weed-related violations to civil infractions.

Under Proposal 1, Michigan's state government will create regulations on: labeling and packaging of marijuana and marijuana products; and the advertising and marketing of marijuana, marijuana products, and marijuana businesses. If more than one measure passes, the proposal with the largest affirmative vote will become law.

Nationwide, 66 percent of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana according to a recent poll from Gallup.

According to Cowen Research Group, four states in particular look to have ample runway to legalize cannabis as they now have a Democratic Governor and support from either the state's House and/or Senate.

Including Michigan, 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. Proposition 2 was passed with 53 percent of the vote. The constitutional amendment will allow patients with cancer, HIV, epilepsy and other conditions access to the drug.

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