Marijuana Legalization 2018 Midterms
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Marijuana Legalization 2018 Midterms
Posted by CN Staff on November 05, 2018 at 09:27:02 PT
By Alexandra Hutzler
Source: Newsweek
USA -- A voters countrywide head to the polls on Tuesday for the heated midterm elections, a handful of states will also be deciding whether to pass marijuana legislation that would legalize the drug for medicinal or recreational use.Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah may soon join 30 other states in the U.S. to adopt some form of legalized weed through ballot reform measures. Polls suggest that all four ballot initiatives are likely to pass, which would mean that one in four Americans will have access to legal weed.
The ballot initiatives follow on the heels of Canada’s full-fledged legalization of cannabis in mid-October. The U.S.'s northern neighbor became the second and largest country in the world to have a national marijuana marketplace. Canada’s framework for taxing and regulating marijuana distribution could potentially serve as a model for the U.S. if the federal government were to decriminalize the drug.Here’s where marijuana policy reform is on the ballot this week.MichiganMichigan could join nine other states in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana if voters choose to pass Proposal 1. The proposal would allow the personal possession and use of cannabis for state residents who are 21 years of age or older. It would also convert current criminal marijuana-related charges to civil infractions.If the measure is passed, people will be able to buy up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana per day, possess up to 10 ounces of the drug in their homes and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal use. The drug would also be subject to a 6 percent sales tax as well as an additional 10 percent tax.A poll done in late October by The Detroit News and WDIV indicated that the majority of Michigan voters supported the proposal. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they would vote to legalize the drug, while only 40 percent were opposed.MissouriThere are three separate ballot proposals for Missouri voters to weigh in on during Tuesday’s election that focus on medicinal marijuana access. In October, all three ballot initiatives were polling at over 60 percent.The first, called Amendment 2, would legalize cannabis for medicinal use only and impose a 4 percent sales tax. The money made from the sales tax would go toward funding health care services for veterans.The second ballot measure, Amendment 3, would legalize medicinal marijuana and impose a 15 percent sales tax that would essentially fund a research and drug development institute.The third and final measure voters will weigh in on is Proposition C, which would create an entirely new marijuana law, as opposed to amending the state’s constitution. The law would legalize medicinal marijuana and implement a 2 percent sales tax. The tax would pay for multiple things, including veterans' services, drug treatments, education and law enforcement.Either amendment would supersede Proposition C if it were to pass. If both amendments pass, it would come down to whichever one received the highest number of votes.North DakotaNorth Dakota legalized marijuana for medicinal use back in 2016, but now voters will have the chance to support legalization for recreational use. Not only would Measure 3 legalize the drug, it would also expunge prior marijuana-related convictions and prohibit anyone over the age of 21 from being prosecuted for a nonviolent cannabis-related offense like growing, selling or possessing pot.If the measure is passed, there would be no limit on the amount of marijuana a resident could possess or how many pot plants they could grow on their own property. But the proposal does not include any regulations for licensing or taxing the drug, meaning that the state would not make any money off the drug’s legalization.Limiting polling in North Dakota makes it difficult to predict whether the proposal will pass. But a recent survey conducted by Legalize ND indicated that 51 percent of residents supported legalizing recreational cannabis, while 36 percent opposed the measure. Thirteen percent of residents were still undecided.UtahRight now, cannabis in any form is strictly illegal in Utah. But voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on Proposition 2, which would legalize medicinal use of weed for patients with qualifying health conditions like HIV, autism, epilepsy, cancer, Alzheimer’s or post-traumatic stress disorder.The proposition would only allow for the legal consumption of edibles or marijuana vapors, meaning that smoking the drug even for medicinal use would still be considered illegal.Despite Utah being one of the most conservative states in the country, polling has suggested that the measure has a good chance of passing in the midterm elections. A poll in March estimated that 77 percent of Utahns supported the measure. But more recent poll indicated that it may be a closer call than originally expected. A Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Political survey from mid-October showed 51 percent of those polled approved of the initiative, while 46 percent were in opposition.Source: Newsweek (US)Author:  Alexandra HutzlerPublished: Novenber 5, 2018Copyright: 2018 Newsweek, Inc.Contact: letters newsweek.comWebsite: http://www.newsweek.comURL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on November 08, 2018 at 20:10:14 PT
I am glad you got rid of the Sessions that caused nothing to get done but I worry about AG Sessions going right now when we are so close to getting something on Trump. He will do anything he can to stop this investigation and it worries me. The Dems can't get in power in the House fast enough for me. 
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on November 08, 2018 at 18:01:41 PT
A lot of people liked him and a lot of people voted for him. It's not like Cruz won in a landslide. Fifty one to forty eight percent of the vote. Not a shabby showing for as red as this state is.I am so happy about Pete Sessions losing. He has been a one-man dam to every bill or amendment to a bill ever offered by any representative that was intending to protect citizens from a grievously unjust "War". A "War" being perpetrated upon people, by the government, to the financial benefit of government and the tentacles of the government. Nothing got by this man. Nothing. Ever! All those amendments and bills we got news of and had a bit of hope in but never heard of again. We learned they never got a vote. They never got close to a vote. All bills and amendments in the House of Representatives go through the House Rules Committee. As the head of that committee, he could be a one man dam and he was.And the other Sessions. Jefferson Sessions, not all that good a person, as we know, is a murderous, merciless, fanatical prohibitionist in charge of the highest law enforcement office in the land. He still has influence among others that think like he does, but in general, his influence, hopefully, will be considerably curtailed. 
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on November 08, 2018 at 05:20:11 PT
I was so disappointed that Beto O'Rourke didn't win. Years ago when I saw Obama speak at John Kerry's convention I stopped and listened and said to Lee someday this young man could become President. Since then I have not seen one Democrat that has got my attention like Obama did that day until Beto. I feel he could be President someday. I think he is great.
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on November 07, 2018 at 20:12:21 PT
That other Sessions.... Jeff.
That Jefferson Beauregard Sessions that has fancied himself somewhat of a thorn in the side of this movement. He actually has been a thorn in the side of this movement. He's out, too. There are plenty of other very powerful prohibitionists working hard to keep cannabis illegal and cannabis users persecuted. But these two unrelated Sessions characters were two of the most powerful and they used their great power against the people. They're out of there!I'm so thankful they've been sent packing.Beto O'Rourke is still in the House of Representatives and it's too late for Ted Cruz to stop the truth, even if he wants to.So I'm counting on some good things happening.Whoo hoo!
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on November 07, 2018 at 19:16:28 PT
If you didn't know it
Pete Sessions has been a huge impediment to any progress we tried to make federally. Huge and powerful! He's out of there! I'm very, very thankful for that. I think we will advance faster towards our goal of righting a terrible wrong now that he's off the committee that stopped everything in our favor from going anywhere.Yay! Yay! And yay again! 
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on November 07, 2018 at 17:47:27 PT
And oh yes!
Pete Sessions is out! That's a wonderful turn of events!
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Comment #10 posted by Sam Adams on November 06, 2018 at 21:54:53 PT
So Utah and Missouri's laws both allow home growing. Utah's legislature has pledged to strike it down though.yes, good tribute to Tom and Rollie and all the other people that didn't make it to see legalization. Really amazing to see home-growing laws penetrate into the heartland - both Kansas & Missouri have it now.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on November 06, 2018 at 21:54:44 PT
Tom Angell's Marijuana Moment
Has got it all going on. All the information on all the ballots is over there and he's updating it as he gets the information. Tom Angell is a mighty force for our side.All in all, I'm happy with what we've got. We got a lot. Congratulations, everyone!Goodnight, dear friends. 
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on November 06, 2018 at 21:46:47 PT
Missouri Voters Approve Medical Marijuana Measure
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Comment #7 posted by Sam Adams on November 06, 2018 at 21:45:54 PT
congrats everyone
so we won everything except North Dakota! It's too bad they didn't have much money.Some good local victories tooNewton voters reject ballot questions that would have limited marijuana shops voters are rising up - looks like a clean sweep
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on November 06, 2018 at 21:42:58 PT
Didn't win them all.
North Dakota Voters Reject Marijuana Legalization Measure
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on November 06, 2018 at 21:37:07 PT
Marijuana Moment
Legalization On The Ballot: Live Marijuana Election Results
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on November 06, 2018 at 21:33:53 PT
Tom and Rollie!
Michigan Voters Just Approved Full Marijuana Legalization
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on November 06, 2018 at 20:05:25 PT
Beto O' Rourke 
has conceded to Ted Cruz in Texas.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on November 05, 2018 at 15:05:46 PT
Which is it? A drug or a plant?
"If the measure is passed, people will be able to buy up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana per day, possess up to 10 ounces of the drug in their homes and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal use. The drug would also be subject to a 6 percent sales tax as well as an additional 10 percent tax."It's a bird. It's a plane. NO, it's SUPERPLANT.The quoted sentence above says cannabis (marijuana) is "drug" yet it also says it's a "plant".When held in the hand it resembles a plant in every way. I have drugs in the medicine cabinet and it looks nothing like those. I'm going to think cannabis is a plant.I'm going to also consider soda pop a drink rather than a drug.-0-Election days have been very good for the PLANT cannabis.
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on November 05, 2018 at 11:09:47 PT
Get Up, Stand Up for your Rights - Vote Tomorrow 
Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up
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