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Marijuana legalization on the ballot in four states

07 November 2018

MI will also levy a tax on the sale of recreation cannabis.

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

North Dakota's Measure 3, which would have made it legal for anyone over the age of 21 to use the drug, was losing by a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent with 357 out of 424 precincts reporting, according to the secretary of state's website.

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

Allow individuals 21 and older to; purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.

Approval of Proposal 1 comes ten years after MI voters approved medical marijuana. MI is now the 10th state to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older.

Unlike precedents set by other states' legalization efforts, North Dakota's Measure 3 didn't touch regulation and possession limits. We do know that the proposal's passing doesn't mean you can walk outside and buy weed at this very moment. The latter is the only state that does not authorize marijuana stores.

One example of a possible timeline for MI comes from Colorado: Voters approved recreational marijuana in November 2012, but it didn't officially become legal to sell until 2014. Amendment 2 passed, which allowed doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to patients.

OH was the most recent state to legalize medical weed through a ballot initiative in October, and Vermont became the first state to bypass the polls entirely by legalizing recreational cannabis through its state legislature in January.

In Missouri, voters will be asked to chose between three separate proposals legalizing medical marijuana to varying degrees. In Wisconsin, voters in towns across the state came out in support of legalizing both medical and recreational pot, possibly setting a precedent for statewide legalization.

Marijuana legalization on the ballot in four states