2018 midterm elections: Major ballot measures that passed

Posted November 08, 2018

It came as the state was still setting up its medical marijuana system, which voters approved by a wide margin two years ago.

The marijuana industry saw momentum in Tuesday's midterm elections.

MI voters legalized recreational marijuana use for residents over the age of 21 with retail sales of the product subject to a 10 percent tax. Businesses will be issued licenses and cannabis will be subjected to a 10 percent excise tax in addition to a 6 percent state sales tax.

A similar measure was defeated in North Dakota, meaning there are now 10 states that allow recreational use of pot.

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Michigan's Prop 1 now allows adults 21 and older to purchase, possess and use cannabis.

With the Democrats winning key Governor races, and securing more seats in their state Houses/Senates, a few more states are likely to soon legalize marijuana.

State laws allowing recreational use of marijuana have spread across the United States since Colorado voters approved one in 2012. If more than one measure passes, the proposal with the largest affirmative vote will become law. With 79 per cent of polls reporting, almost 61 per cent voters in the state voted against the legalization of recreational marijuana use for those 21 and older.

"The ball is now rolling in North Dakota, and we hope the state's passionate local activist community will keep that momentum going", said Mason Tvert, spokesperson for the Marijuana Policy Project.

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A Gallup poll released last month found that 66 percent of Americans, the highest level ever in the firm's almost 50 years of surveys on the topic, support marijuana legalization. Amendment 3 would allow doctors to prescribe weed, but would impose a 15-percent tax and ban home cultivation; and Proposition 3 would tax marijuana at 2 percent and set a list of qualifying conditions. They clearly were not ready to take the next step, although two-fifths of them said yes to a sweeping ballot initiative that aimed to legalize all peaceful marijuana-related activities (except for sales to minors) and create a system of automatic expungement for people convicted of such offenses.

"Encouragingly, support for cannabis achieved bipartisan support a year ago and Republican support was up 2 percentage points in 2018 to 53 percent", Azer told CNBC last week.

It's unclear if marijuana bills could get through the Republican-held Senate.

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