Michigan Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

November 9, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Michigan becomes 10th state to legalize recreational weed. Utah and Missouri are now among 33 states where medical marijuana is legal.

It’s happening. One state at a time, the USA is making its way toward legalizing marijuana, a medicinal and recreational plant that has been ridiculously prohibited in the country for nearly a century.

The plant grown and smoked by our founding fathers was fully legalized in Canada last month. and Uruguay before that.

Michigan became the 10th state (first MidWestern state) to legalize recreational marijuana Tuesday. Fifty-six percent of the state’s voters cast ballots in favor of the measure.

The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, allows people over 21 to possess and grow cannabis for personal use. It also licenses commercial production and retail sales.

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws said the vote was a “resounding rebuke” of the state’s policy of prohibition and of its “racist application” of arrests.

Indiana residents are already calling Michigan the new “hot spot” for “marijuana vacations.”

A proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota failed, with 59.5 percent of voters saying no.

Opponents of legalization said the proposal went too far, expunging former marijuana convictions and not providing enough detail about regulation.

“It will be the wild, wild West in North Dakota” if it passes, Robert Wefald, a former state attorney general said in a campaign opposing the measure.

Missouri and Utah both made medical marijuana legal.

Sixty-five percent of voters supported the measure in Missouri, which will levy a 4 percent tax dedicated to health care for veterans.

In conservative Utah, the Mormon Church joined lawmakers, the governor and advocates last month to back a deal to legalize marijuana or qualifying medical conditions.

As of Wednesday, over 53 percent of voters have said yes to the initiative.