Michigan Voters Legalize Marijuana

08 November, 2018, 00:14 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • Desiree Hennessy center attends to her adopted son Hestevan who has Cerebral Palsy and suffers from chronic nerve pain seizure disorder during the Utah Patients Coalition news conference in Salt Lake City. Ut

Legal possession of marijuana will go into effect 10 days after votes are certified by the state of MI, but the sale of recreational marijuana will likely not go into effect until spring 2020 as the state prepares a new licensing system.

In addition to the recreational market, more states are embracing medical marijuana.

These races were not close.

Kristin Schrader, 51, a Democrat from Superior Township in Washtenaw County, said she voted to legalize marijuana because she doesn't want people leaving MI to get it.

"The president doesn't have an ideology beyond self-preservation and getting re-elected, and if the math makes sense, he may drop strong hints on the campaign trail that the legalization of recreational cannabis at the federal level will happen if he wins in 2020", Malik said in an email to BNN Bloomberg.

Khurram Malik, chief executive officer of Biome Grow Inc., a Canadian cannabis producer, said that the US midterm results could see President Donald Trump pivot to a pro-cannabis agenda to win support from younger voting blocks that would typically only cast their ballots in presidential elections. Even in Deep Red Utah, medical marijuana wins.

The only defeat for marijuana reform last night came in North Dakota, where voters just two years ago approved medical use by a whopping 28-point margin.


"We need to go back and add expungement for marijuana offenses; there's nothing automatic about it", Abel said. If the bill passes, Mexico will become one of the world's most populous countries to legalize marijuana alongside Canada, who opened its doors for business on October 17, 2018.

Now after Tuesday's general election, MI is the 10th state to approve a measure to legalize recreational marijuana, and the first in the Midwest. The four that have not are Idaho, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Missouri became the 31st state to approve the medical use of marijuana, while Utah was considering that step.

A minimum wage increase was approved in two states. Each legalized growing, manufacturing, selling and consuming marijuana and marijuana products for medicinal use.

Opponents say legalizing marijuana would lead to increased use by children, drug abuse and auto crashes.

In Newton, the voters chose to keep the law as is, but in many states and municipalities, Tuesday's results will bring far-reaching changes to their state's marijuana industry. "Workers should also keep in mind that Proposal 1 does not impact businesses drug-free workplace policies", said Hovey.

It's unclear if marijuana bills could get through the Republican-held Senate. "The Democratic takeover of the U.S. House was the most important outcome, because the House speaker, committee chairs, and subcommittee chairs will all be Democrats for the first time since 2010, with a majority of Democrats populating literally all House committees and subcommittees". Chairman of the House Rules Committee since 2013, Sessions had blocked the advance of over 36 marijuana-related federal amendments alone. Republican Texas Congressman Pete Sessions, a vocal and stubborn opponent of pot legalization since he was first elected in 1997, was defeated by Democrat Colin Allred, a former National Football League player who had never before run for public office.

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