Sunday, 18 November, 2018

MI voters to decide on recreational marijuana, anti-gerrymandering, voting options

The fiscal 2019 budget signed by Gov. Charlie Baker projected $63 million in marijuana-derived revenue for the year. Since missing the July 1 deadline for the start of recreational marijuana sales the state has missed out on a potential $20 million in Midterms and marijuana: These 4 states will vote on legal pot
Jean Garcia | 07 November, 2018, 13:39

As of late Tuesday night with 43 per cent of polls reporting, MI voters appeared to vote in favour of legalizing recreational cannabis for anyone 21 years old or older in the state, with about 57 per cent of voters approving the ballot measure while 42 per cent voted against it.

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

Measures legalizing recreational marijuana are being considered during the midterm elections by voters in MI and North Dakota, potentially adding either to the list of nine states with similar laws now in place.

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Three more states legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use on Tuesday.

MI voters have passed an initiative to legalize marijuana. On Tuesday night, just one passed. 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. During any 14-day period, a state-licensed cardholder could purchase as much as 2 ounces of marijuana. The proposal also creates an additional license for marijuana "microbusinesses" for grows of up to 150 plants, and individuals can grow up to 12 marijuana plants per household. The licensing authority is required to start accepting applications from would-be marijuana merchants with a year of that date, meaning that legal sales might begin sometime in 2020. The industry would be subject to a 10 percent tax, as well as a sales tax. In October, Utah medical marijuana advocates and state lawmakers agreed to a compromise bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state but with some differences from the ballot initiative. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has called for a special session of the Utah Legislature in an effort to pass the compromise bill.

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