Michigan Becomes 10th State to Allow Marijuana
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Michigan Becomes 10th State to Allow Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on November 07, 2018 at 05:43:42 PT
By Christopher Ingraham
Source: Washington Post
USA -- Marijuana advocates scored a number of substantial ballot victories in the middle of the country on Election Day, chief among them the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan, which becomes the 10th state in the nation to approve recreational use of the drug.“Michigan will be the first state in the Midwest to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated for adult use,” Marijuana Policy Project deputy director Matthew Schweich, who directed the legalization campaign, said in a statement. “Adults will no longer be punished for consuming a substance less harmful than alcohol, and rather than having to resort to the illegal market, they will be able to access it safely and legally from licensed businesses.”
The results in Michigan follow the opening of recreational marijuana markets in Canada and the repeal of marijuana prohibition in Mexico. With the addition of Michigan, nearly 80 million Americans — 25 percent of the total U.S. population — live in a state or jurisdiction that has legalized recreational marijuana. The most recent polling by Gallup shows that two-thirds of American adults support legalization of the drug.In deep-red North Dakota, on the other hand, voters overwhelmingly rejected an unusual bill that would have legalized marijuana without setting any possession limits or regulatory structure. The outcome in North Dakota underscores Republican skepticism of legalization — in the Gallup survey just 53 percent of Republicans nationwide said they supported marijuana legalization, compared to 71 percent of independent voters and 75 percent of Democrats.“Tonight, parents can sleep easy knowing their children won’t wake up to more marijuana use in their schools,” said Luke Niforatos, senior policy adviser to Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a group that opposes legalization. “The sensible, wonderful people of North Dakota have rejected marijuana commercialization in their state.”Elsewhere on the ballot tonight, voters in Missouri approved one out of three medical marijuana measures up for consideration, avoiding a potentially messy fight over which measure would go into law if more than one passed. Missouri’s Amendment 2 allows doctors to recommend marijuana for a number of medical conditions. Patients would be able to obtain the drug either through a dispensary or by growing it at home.As of this writing, a medical marijuana measure in Utah is leading 53-47 with 76 percent of precincts reporting. That comes after supporters and opponents of the bill struck a deal with Utah’s governor to call a special section of the legislature to write a compromise bill regardless of whether the measure passed. Supporters of the bill agreed to the compromise because lawmakers in Utah are able to overturn ballot propositions with a simple majority vote.Christopher Ingraham writes about all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author: Christopher IngrahamPublished: November 7, 2018Copyright: 2018 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on November 11, 2018 at 09:26:26 PT
feeling the SAM love
>>“The sensible, wonderful people of North Dakota have rejected marijuana commercialization in their state.”Sounds like the poor folks at SAM are getting a little lonely! They finally found some friends way up in the semi-frozen wasteland of North Dakota. Nobody else liked them this election cycle! Even though the money is pouring in. Money can't buy love! hahaha
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on November 08, 2018 at 06:47:22 PT
Many Pundits Downplay Significance of House Win 
All funding bills must originate in the House. The Democrats will have control of the House of Representatives in January. The Democrats will control the Committees of the House. Those committees will decide what legislation will be considered by the House. The roadblock against funding changes to Federal Anti-cannabis Laws will be broken.I cannot see the Democratic House agreeing to fund foolish projects like Trump's border Wall. I can see the Democratic House promoting Infrastructure Repair, Healthcare Reform, and Removing Cannabis from the schedule of the Controlled Substances Act. The Senate may vote-down the proposed changes; Trump may veto. Only so much can be done with Executive Orders. Trump cannot remove American Birthright with an Executive Order; American Birthright is part of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. Amendments require passage of the federal House and the Senate, signature of the President and ratification of 3/4 of the State Legislatures.U.S. Constitution - Article 5 House control over funding bills will be a thorn of President Trump's side. This is far more significant than the power to launch more Investigations.Yea, Michigan! On and on we grow!
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 07, 2018 at 08:40:18 PT
John Tyler
Winning back The House might be what we need to finally get National Legalization I hope!
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Comment #1 posted by John Tyler on November 07, 2018 at 08:02:17 PT
The big 10
Way to go Michigan. Congratulations on your accomplishment.
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