MI becomes first Midwest state to legalize recreational marijuana

Source New Cannabis Ventures

Source New Cannabis Ventures

Here's a rundown of the results.

Proposal 1 establishes a 10 percent tax on marijuana products in addition to Michigan's 6 percent sales tax. Greenlee says these efforts have been successful in other states.

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

The proposal passed by a 56-44 percent margin with 93 percent of precincts reporting. In 2008, 63 percent of MI voters approved medical marijuana, making it the 13th state to legalize medical cannabis.

Amendment 2 follows the footsteps of previous state medical legalization. Patients not living within 100 miles of a dispensary would be able to grow six plants at home. Per the Associated Press, the 4 percent sales tax would fund veteran health services. The taxes collected would be used to fund a "state institute" to research "presently incurable diseases". The Yes on 3 campaign says the state is the first "to successfully defend transgender rights by popular vote".

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Before Tuesday's vote, 22 American states had adopted comprehensive medical marijuana programs.

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".

A similar measure was defeated in North Dakota, meaning there are now 10 states that allow recreational use of pot - Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington - plus the District of Columbia. Canada last month became the first industrialized country to legalize recreational cannabis.

Despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ardent attempts to stomp out legal weed, a 2017 Gallup poll showed record-high support for legalizing marijuana from both Democrats and Republicans.

State Senator Coleman Young II attended a pro-recreational pot party in Detroit.

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