Recreational marijuana ballot proposal passes


Proposition C would have altered state law to place a 2 percent tax on medical weed that would go to veteran services, drug treatment, early childhood education, and public safety in cities with dispensaries.

Voters in four states are casting ballots on measures to legalize marijuana Tuesday, further testing the Trump administration's stance on the subject following the federal government's reversal of Obama-era law enforcement policies.

Utah voters also gave the nod to medical marijuana. Residents would be allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants at their home without a license or purchase pot from a licensed business.

Measure 3 would have gone further than any initiative enacted so far by removing marijuana from the state's list of prohibited substances and thereby legalizing "any nonviolent marijuana activity, except for the sale of marijuana to a person under the age of 21". The initiative creates a system to regulate, tax and sell recreational marijuana to adults in the state.

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Proposal 1 allows adults aged 21 and older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

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Municipalities previously had to "opt in" to allow dispensaries but under the Proposal 1, municipalities have to "opt out".

Any current cannabis-related convictions would be downgraded from crimes to civil infractions. Its proposal also levies a 10 percent sales tax on pot sales. More than half of likely voters support the measure, according to recent polling, and MI would become the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana if the measure succeeds.