Three states vote to legalize marijuana in midterm election

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

Before Tuesday's vote 20 of the 50 states allow it for medical use. Here's a rundown of the results. The ballot measure comes ten years after MI voters approved the use of medical marijuana.

People 21 and older will be allowed to carry 2.5 ounces of marijuana on their person, store 10 ounces at home and grow up to 12 plants per residence. A similar measure in North Dakota, however, appears destined for defeat, though Legalize ND campaigners say they won't concede until all votes are counted-and if the measure does fail, they will try again in 2020, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

In Michigan, passage of Proposal 1 would legalize marijuana use and possession for adults 21 while paving the way for the state to set up a system for taxing and regulating retail sales. Measure 3, the Marijuana Legalization and Automatic Expungement Initiative, was opposed by 60 percent of voters with 80 percent of precincts reporting. We do know that the proposal's passing doesn't mean you can walk outside and buy weed at this very moment. The taxes collected would be used to fund a "state institute" to research "presently incurable diseases".

Transgender rights. Voters in MA said yes to Question 3, which upholds a 2016 state law allowing transgender people to use the public facilities, including restrooms and locker rooms, of the gender they identify with, WBUR reports.

MI became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.

MI just joined nine other states, the District of Columbia, and Canada in legalizing recreational marijuana. Amendment 2 passed, which allowed doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to patients.

At present, recreational marijuana use is legal in nine states, as well as Washington, D.C. The drug is still banned at the federal level.

OH was the most recent state to legalize medical weed through a ballot initiative in October, and Vermont became the first state to bypass the polls entirely by legalizing recreational cannabis through its state legislature in January.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol says public consumption and driving under the influence are not legalized, and no commercial sales will happen until businesses are licensed and approved. In Wisconsin, voters in towns across the state came out in support of legalizing both medical and recreational pot, possibly setting a precedent for statewide legalization.



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