Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Michigan, Missouri, Utah voters opt to loosen marijuana laws

Michigan, Missouri, Utah voters opt to loosen marijuana laws

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The primary opposition group to Michigan's ballot initiative on whether to legalize recreational marijuana has conceded defeat.

MI voters legalized recreational marijuana use for residents over the age of 21 with retail sales of the product subject to a 10 percent tax.

Matthew Abel, an attorney with the Cannabis Counsel in Detroit, says there is still work to be done on marijuana laws in the state.

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.

"Western and northeastern states have led the way on legalizing marijuana, but the victory in MI powerfully demonstrates the national reach of this movement", said Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. Medical marijuana is legal in 31 states, as well as the nation's capital.

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Proposal 3 was "A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and post-election audits to the Michigan Constitution".

In Missouri, a state constitutional amendment that would legalize the use of medical cannabis was leading 61 percent to 38 percent in early returns, according to the secretary of state's office.

MI became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. In Utah, meanwhile, Gov. Gary Herbert said he would ask lawmakers to work on a bill legalizing medical marijuana if voters reject Proposition 2 at the polls Tuesday.

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

MI voters have passed an initiative to legalize marijuana.

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