Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Marijuana legalization on the ballot in four states

Marijuana legalization on the ballot in four states

MI voters on Tuesday approved legalized marijuana for recreational use, NBC News projected, as 58 percent of the state's residents chose "yes" on "Proposal 1", with 55.7 percent of the vote tallied.

Proposal 1 allows adults 21 or older to possess 2.5 ounces or less of marijuana in public, transfer that amount to other adults "without remuneration", possess up to 10 ounces at home, and grow up to 12 plants for personal consumption.

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

Voters in four states are casting ballots on measures to legalize marijuana Tuesday, further testing the Trump administration's stance on the subject following the federal government's reversal of Obama-era law enforcement policies.

Voters in Missouri and Utah both approved ballot measures to allow the sale of medical marijuana, meaning cannabis for medicinal purposes is now available to half of the country.

Three more states legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use on Tuesday. Additionally, the initiative legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp, which can be used to make textiles, biofuels and foods.

Missouri voters opted to approve the sale of medical marijuana with a 4 per cent tax on cannabis sales with the revenue dedicated to health care services for USA veterans. The initiative allows for the possession of up to 2.5 ounces, or up to 10 ounces at a private residence, for those 21 and older.

MI would be the first U.S. Midwest state to allow its residents to purchase and consumer cannabis legally.

The bill requires a full vote in the state Legislature and a signature from the governor to become law. The bill appears to have support from a number of key stakeholders in the state, from advocates, policymakers and the Mormon church.

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