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Marijuana Policy Project | Nov 07, 2018
 Another election, and another historic night for marijuana reform


Michigan has passed legalization MPP played a central role in this campaign from start to finish. From coordinating the initiative drafting to overseeing the production of TV ads, MPP staffers worked alongside a excellent campaign team for two years to make Michigan the first state in the Midwest to adopt legalization. This is a huge win that will maintain our momentum in Washington, D.C. to pass a landmark federal reform bill through Congress in the near future. Utah passed medical marijuana MPP led the drafting process and played an important supporting role throughout t....
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NORML | November 7, 2018
 US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns


United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced that he is resigning, effective immediately, from the office of the Department of Justice. In both his tenure in Congress and as Attorney General, Sessions was a longstanding, vocal opponent of marijuana policy reform, who once opined, Good people dont smoke marijuana. As Attorney General, his office rescinded the 2013 Cole memorandum which directed prosecutors not to interfere in state-sanctioned marijuana activity. However, that action encouraged numerous members from both parties to strongly criticize the offi....
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NORML | November 7, 2018
 Marijuana Reform Scores Big Wins In Midterms


Marijuana reformers enjoyed numerous federal, state, and local victories last night. Here are the highlights. STATE BALLOT INITIATIVES Florida: Sixty-three percent of Florida voters approved Amendment 4, which amends the state constitution to restore voting privileges to those with non-violent felony convictions including tens of thousands of those convicted of marijuana-related offenses. Passage of the amendment is anticipated to reinstate voting rights to some 1.4 million Floridians. Michigan: Voters by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent approved Proposal 1, legaliz....
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CANN Media Group | November 7, 2018
 Cannabis on the Ballot: What the Election Results Mean For Residents and Businesses


Danny Reed
November 6, 2018, may have resulted in a split decision for Republicans and Democrats, but cannabis emerged from the midterm election a clear winner. Voters in Missouri and Utah green-lighted medical programs, becoming the 31st and 32nd states to do so. Michigan voters turned their state into the 10thand the first in the Midwestto legalize recreational use. A long-shot measure to legalize recreational use in North Dakota failed. In Colorado, an amendment removing the definition of industrial hemp from the states constitution squeezed through with 61 percent of the vote. Ad....
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Stop the Drug War.org | November 07, 2018
 Green Wave Update: Marijuana Initiatives Go Three for Four in Midterms, and More [FEATURE]
It`s a glorious day in Michigan and Missouri and Utah
It`s a glorious day in Michigan and Missouri and Utah
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psmith
The expansion of legal marijuana continued apace in Tuesdays elections, with medical marijuana initiatives winning in Missouri and Utah and recreational marijuana winning in Michigan. The only loss for weed came in North Dakota, where voters approved medical marijuana two years ago but werent ready to take the next step this year. It`s a glorious day in Michigan and Missouri and Utah Creative Commons Michigan becomes the 10th state to legalize marijuana and the first one in the Midwest. With Missouri and Utah now joining the ranks, medical marijuana is now legal in 32 stat....
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NPR | November 7, 2018
 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.
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....
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NORML | November 7, 2018
 Voters Approve Proposition 2 Legalizing Medical Marijuana Access in Utah


With the approval of Proposition 2, Utah has become the 33rd state to regulate the licensed production and distribution of medical cannabis products to qualified patients. The vote comes ahead of a proposed special legislative session of the Utah legislature to address specific rules and regulations governing medical cannabis patient access. NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said, It is our hope that Utahs politicians will respect the will of the electorate and move swiftly to enact The Utah Medical Cannabis Act in a manner that comports with both the spirit of the l....
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NORML | November 7, 2018
 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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NORML | November 7, 2018
 Voters Approve Amendment 2 Legalizing Medical Marijuana Access in Missouri


With the approval of Amendment 2, Missouri has become the 32nd state to regulate the licensed production and distribution of medical cannabis products to qualified patients. The amendment was one of three competing ballot measures that seek to regulate medical cannabis use in Missouri. Of the three, NORML only endorsed Amendment 2. That is because we believe that Amendment 2 is written in a manner that best provides for the needs of patients and their physicians. This is a patient-centered proposal that puts power in the hands of state-licensed physicians and their patien....
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NORML | November 6, 2018
 Texas: Leading Marijuana Prohibitionist Fails In Congressional Re-Election Bid


One of Congress most powerful and vocal marijuana prohibitionists, Republican Pete Sessions of Texas, failed in his re-election bid for Congress 32nd District. Sessions was defeated by Democratic challenger Colin Allred. Representative Sessions used his position as Chairman of the House Rules Committee to block House floor members from voting on over three-dozen marijuana-related amendments during his leadership tenure. His actions single-handedly killed a number of popular, bipartisan-led reforms such as facilitating medical cannabis access to military veterans and amend....
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NORML | November 6, 2018
 Florida: Voters Pass Amendment Restoring Voting Rights To Marijuana Felons


Florida voters today passed Amendment 4, which amends the state constitution to restore voting privileges to those with non-violent felony convictions. Under Florida law, first-time possession of marijuana in amounts greater than 20 grams less than one ounce is classified under state law as a felony offense. Only one other state, Arizona, classifies minor marijuana offenses so punitively. Commenting on the vote result, NORMLs Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: Florida is a national leader in annual marijuana arrests. In many cases, those arrested are charged with felony....
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The Joint Blog | November 6, 2018
 Michigan Legalizes Recreational Marijuana


Anthony Martinelli

Michigan voters have made their state the 10th in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
Michigan voters have made their state the 10th in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. Michigan LegalizesProposal 18-1 has been given approval this evening by Michigan voters, with over 55 percent in support. Put forth by the Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the initiative legalizes the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, or up to 10 ounces at a private residence, for those 21 and older. The measure also legalizes the personal cultivation of up to 12 marijuana plants. In addition, the initiative legalizes a licensed and regulated....
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The Joint Blog | November 6, 2018
 Missouri voters have said Yes, they want medical marijuana legalized.


Anthony Martinelli
Missouri has legalized medical marijuana through the initiative process, with voters approving Amendment 2 this evening. The measure, which was passed with over 65 percent in support, legalizes the possession and use of marijuana and marijuana products for medical purposes. Those wanting to use marijuana legally will first need to receive a recommendation from a physician. The measure authorizes medical marijuana dispensaries, which will be allowed to sell marijuana to patients. Amendment 2 places a 4 percent tax on medical marijuana. Missouri now joins over 30 other stat....
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The Joint Blog | November 6, 2018
 Utah Voters Pass Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative


Anthony Martinelli
The Utah Medical Cannabis Act Proposition 2 was passed by a large majority of voters, showing that medical marijuana has strong support even in one of the most conservative and religious states in the country. The initiative legalizes the possession and use of marijuana and marijuana products for those who receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state. The measure authorizes a licensed system of marijuana dispensaries, which will be allowed to sell up to two ounces of cannabis to a qualified patient. After January 1, 2021, individuals with medical ....
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The Joint Blog | November 6, 2018
 Utah Voters Pass Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative
Anthony Martinelli
The Utah Medical Cannabis Act Proposition 2 was passed by a large majority of voters, showing that medical marijuana has strong support even in one of the most conservative and religious states in the country. The initiative legalizes the possession and use of marijuana and marijuana products for those who receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state. The measure authorizes a licensed system of marijuana dispensaries, which will be allowed to sell up to two ounces of cannabis to a qualified patient. After January 1, 2021, individuals with medical ....
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