Why Marijuana Was A Big Winner From 2018 Midterms (CGC)(CRON)(TLRY)(APHA)

Nov 08, 2018, 02:24
Why Marijuana Was A Big Winner From 2018 Midterms (CGC)(CRON)(TLRY)(APHA)

That makes Michigan's household marijuana cultivation law the least strict out of all of the states.

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

MI voters approved a law that legalized the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana products by those who are at least 21 years of age.

With Michigan voting to legalize adult use, neighbors like OH and IL could soon follow suit to help build a market in that region, according to Ken Shea, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence.

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"Thanks to the unflagging efforts of patients and advocates, Missourians who could benefit from medical marijuana will soon be able to use it without fear of being treated like criminals", said Matthew Sweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project. Per the Associated Press, the 4 percent sales tax would fund veteran health services.

In Missouri, a state constitutional amendment that would legalize the use of medical cannabis was leading 61 percent to 38 percent in early returns, according to the secretary of state's office.

The state will collect a 10 percent excise tax on marijuana sales, with revenue split between education, infrastructure, and municipalities that have approved marijuana businesses.

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. With Missouri and Utah now joining the ranks, medical marijuana is now legal in 32 states.

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Michigan, having legalized medicinal use of the drug in 2008, became the tenth state to effectively legalize its recreational use as well Tuesday thanks to a voter-pushed Michigan ballot item in the USA midterm elections. It would, however, have legalized cannabis for residents 21-years-old and over, and expunged old convictions for cannabis possession. A Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of Republicans support legalization.

So even though Utah voted yeson Proposition 2 - which would have allowed medical marijuana patients to cultivate cannabis plants, allowed for more dispensaries, and included a more expansive list qualifying conditions for a prescription - the compromise pushed by the Church of the Latter Day Saints cuts back on all of it. He says it will ultimately be up to them, but he's hoping to get most to opt out.

Voters in Utah also were considering whether to legalize medical marijuana.

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