Midterms and marijuana: These 4 states will vote on legal pot

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 7, 2018

Now, legalization advocates are hoping to build on these successes with a number of statewide ballot measures up for consideration Tuesday, including full recreational legalization in two states and medical marijuana in two more. Michigan's bill is more permissive than the law in other states: It would allow individuals to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana at any given time (most other states allow 1 ounce) and would allow them to grow up to 12 individual plants for their own consumption (most other states permit six).

Of those only nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational pot for people over than age of 21.

MI voters will consider a Colorado-style recreational bill that would legalize the sale and use of marijuana for individuals over the age of 21.

'Troopers that work along the state line are very cognizant of what's going on up north, ' Indiana State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz, a spokesman for the agency's Fort Wayne Post, which stretches north to the MI line said.

He said if the referendum passes, 'we know some of our citizens are going to go over to MI to partake.' And those who return either under the influence or in possession of pot may learn the hard way that it remains illegal in IN and OH, which overwhelmingly rejected a 2015 legalization measure. If you're traveling to or through our state, we really don't want you bringing it down here, ' he added.

Supporting the measure is the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which has been endorsed by a national organization of black-owned businesses and a group of retired MI law enforcement officers.

Michigan's measure, modeled similarly to Colorado's, would create a state licensing system for weed businesses then allow cities and townships to restrict them. Supporters say it will raise roughly $130 million in additional tax revenue each year that will go toward road repairs, schools and local governments. Opponents argue that the cannabis will land in the hands of young children and lead to drug abuse and vehicle crashes. Here's a rundown of what the measures say and where the polling on them now stands.

A recreational marijuana measure in North Dakota, Measure 3, would also legalize possession and sale of the plant, albeit without implementing a state-wide system to tax and regulate purchases. There are no limits on cannabis possession, sale, and regulation in the proposal.

It has been a big year for marijuana policy in North America. With numbers like those it's hard to predict how this one will shake out.

After months of fierce debate Mormon church leaders reached a compromise with medical marijuana advocates in Utah, agreeing upon parameters for a law that suits all sides.

Campaigners rally for the approval of medicinal marijuana in Utah. The latter is the only state that does not authorize marijuana stores.

Voters in Utah and Missouri will consider whether to approve the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Polling on the issue has been scant, but a survey in August showed that voters supported, in general terms, an amendment to the state constitution that would legalize medical marijuana.

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