MI voters pass all 3 ballot proposals: marijuana, redistricting, voter registration

Marco Green
November 7, 2018

North Dakota's ballot measure came out of nowhere, taking much of the marijuana policy world by surprise.

In Michigan, voters will decide whether to approve - for adults aged 21 and older - recreational use and legalize the possession and sale of up to 2.5 ounces of pot. 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).

According to the polls MI seems likely to legalize marijuana, with recent Gallup and the Pew Research Center polls showing it had the support of more than 60 percent of respondents. The initiative was engineered by local marijuana reform advocates, with no initial assistance from the big national players like NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project. Supporters say they expect the legislature to iron out those details if the bill passes.

Poll numbers from October yielded conflicting results, one showing 51 per cent in favor of passing the initiative and another showing 65 per cent opposition, according to the Washington Post.

In Missouri, voters will be asked to chose between three separate proposals legalizing medical marijuana to varying degrees. Inside their private residence, they can have up to 10 ounces of pot and could grow up to 12 plants. Adults would be able to sell tax-free marijuana is the bill passes, potentially creating a legal but unregulated marketplace unlike any of the existing systems in place among existing recreational weed states.

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.

The Associated Press projected all three would pass with almost 60 percent or larger margins after more than half of the precincts in the state reported.

Medical marijuana is also on the ballot in Utah and Missouri. The amount given to one municipality is determined by how many marijuana establishments there are.

The ballot measure could alter the balance of power in a state Republicans have controlled since 2010.

It also would have wiped away the records of anyone convicted of a marijuana-related crime that would have been legal under the new measure.

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.

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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