3 More States OK Easing Their Marijuana Laws: Michigan, Utah, Missouri
Michigan has become the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana, after voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday. Here, a clerk reaches for a container of marijuana buds at Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit. (image:Carlos Osorio/AP)
November 7, 2018
Voters in Michigan approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana on Tuesday, and two other states Missouri and Utah endorsed medical marijuana laws. Voters in North Dakota didn`t partake, rejecting a measure to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Now 33 states have legalized marijuana to some degree, and recreational pot use is now legal in 10 states, along with Washington, D.C. But possessing, selling or using marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Coming into the Nov. 6 vote, both Michigan and North Dakota already had medical marijuana law....
Michigan Voters Overwhelmingly Pass Proposition 1 Legalizing the Retail Sale of Marijuana For Adults
With the approval of voter-initiated Proposal 1, Michigan has become the 10th state to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for adults.
NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said, Voters in Michigan sent a resounding rebuke to their states failed policy of prohibition and elected to follow a new, more sensible path of regulation and legalization. Instead of arresting thousands of citizens a year for possession of a plant, Michigan will now be able to prioritize law enforcement resources towards combating violent crime, honor personal freedom and civil liberties, e....
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