MI becomes first state in Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana

"We hope the results of this election will inspire Congress to finally start addressing the tension that exists between state and federal marijuana laws in our nation".

Voters in North Dakota rejected Measure 3 by a margin of 41 percent in favor to 59 against.

As of Wednesday morning, with all precincts reporting, about 54 percent of voters had voted against the ban on marijuana shops, and about 53 percent had voted against limiting them. MI is the latest addition to a growing roster of states that have voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in recent years, bringing the total count to 10 states.

Canada, Michigan's neighbor to the north, legalized marijuana sales for adults in mid-October, which added pressured for Michigan to pass recreational use, too.

There are now 10 states, along with Washington, D.C., that have legalized recreational marijuana.

Governor Gary Herbert has said he would call a special legislative session to take up that proposed law later this month.

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The initiative establishes a licensed and regulated system of marijuana retail outlets, which will be supplied by licensed cultivation centers.

Healthy and Productive Michigan said in a statement Tuesday night that "our side lost" the measure that if approved will make the state the first in the Midwest to legalize its sale and use.

The expansion of legal marijuana continued apace in Tuesday's elections, with medical marijuana initiatives winning in Missouri and Utah and recreational marijuana winning in MI. Colorado voters passed their initiative on November 6, 2012 and had to wait a month until a new state amendment went into effect on December 6, 2012, making marijuana officially legal in Colorado. Its proposal also levies a 10 percent sales tax on pot sales. It is the first Ontario-bordering state to legalize recreational cannabis.

That measure passed with about 66 percent of voters approving it and about 34 percent voting against it, according to the Missouri Secretary of State's website. Missouri also voted to legalize medical marijuana Tuesday.

People in Colorado voted to remove language in the state constitution allowing slavery and involuntary servitude to be used to punish a crime.

"Encouragingly, support for cannabis achieved bipartisan support previous year and Republican support was up 2 percentage points in 2018 to 53 percent", Azer told CNBC last week. Voters in a number of Wisconsin localities, including the population centers of Madison and Milwaukee, overwhelmingly approved non-binding referenda calling for marijuana legalization, while voters approved decriminalization in five out of six OH cities where it was on the ballot, including Dayton.

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