Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Let's get high: MI just voted to legalize recreational marijuana

Let's get high: MI just voted to legalize recreational marijuana

Recreational marijuana becomes legal ten days after state election results are certified, which should happen early next month. The measure excludes murderers and sex offenders. The sport remains active in five other states, but may be too small in scale to survive. Most were drafted by state legislatures, but 64 resulted from citizen-initiated campaigns, including numerous most eye-catching proposals.

Measure 3 would have gone further than any initiative enacted so far by removing marijuana from the state's list of prohibited substances and thereby legalizing "any nonviolent marijuana activity, except for the sale of marijuana to a person under the age of 21".

Recreational marijuana advocates were lighting up and passing joints in Detroit after a ballot proposal passed to legalize pot.

In Utah and Missouri, voters on Tuesday decided that patients should have access to medical marijuana.

In Alabama and West Virginia, voters approved amendments to their state constitutions that aim to prevent public funding of abortions. Possession of marijuana by minors would be treated the same as possession of alcohol. But Republican state Rep. Matt Fridy has said he wrote the measure with the Supreme Court's conservative majority in mind.

"We want to make sure that at a state level, if Roe vs Wade is overturned, that the Alabama Constitution can not be used as a mechanism by which to claim that there is a right to abortion", Fridy told Fox News in an August interview. Before Tuesday's vote 20 of the 50 states allow it for medical use.

Americans didn't just vote for candidates, they also passed a number of ballot measures across the country on issues including legalizing marijuana, expanding access to Medicaid and restoring voting rights to felons. The industry would be subject to a 10 percent tax, as well as a sales tax.

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