Michigan voted to legalize marijuana, but other states still had misgivings

Recreational marijuana will now be legal in 10 states.
Recreational marijuana will now be legal in 10 states.
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Voters in five states today (Nov. 6) had the opportunity to have their say in a number of state-based propositions relating to recreational and medical marijuana use. The success of such bills may be seen as supporting evidence for federal legalization down the line, even while states such as North Dakota made their misgivings known.

Here’s how the key proposals fared.

Michigan ✅

In line with predictions, voters said yes to Proposal 1, which would legalize recreational marijuana use and cultivation for people over 21, as well as authorize the commercial sale of the drug through state-licensed retailers. Current violations related to marijuana would also be downgraded from crimes to civil infractions.

North Dakota 🚫

North Dakota voters rejected Measure 3, which would have legalized recreational marijuana use for those over 21. Convictions related to the drug, which the measure would have expunged, will remain the same.

Missouri ✅

Missouri voters passed Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment that would permit medical marijuana and allow patients to grow cannabis plants at home. However, two other amendments related to medical cannabis use failed.

Utah ✅

Utahns embraced Proposition 2, which would legalize marijuana for people with qualifying illnesses. Members of the Mormon church have spoken out against the bill, which they say fails to balance protecting children and relieving suffering.

Ohio 🚫

Ohio’s Issue 1, which would reduce penalties for a variety of marijuana-related crimes, failed to pass. With 96.2% of precincts reporting, 63.8% of Ohioans voted against the measure, which would’ve changed the state’s constitution and emphasized treatment, rather than incarceration, in drugs charges.