MI becomes first state in Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana

MI becomes first state in Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana

MI became the 10th US state to legalize recreational pot use, according to CNN and advocates.

If Measure 3 passed, it would have fallen on the state legislature to pull together a regulatory structure.

Several states were added to the growing list of legal places to smoke marijuana. And while a majority of legal states only allow the cultivation of six cannabis plants per individual, MI will allow 12. And they can give away (without payment) up to 2.5 ounces to a person over 21 as long as it's not advertised or promoted to the public.

For instance, Colorado voters approved recreational marijuana in November of 2012, but the amendment to change the law didn't go into effect until December 2012. On a more municipal level, voters in various cities across OH weighed questions related to decriminalization and minimizing punishments so that possession is treated like a traffic ticket instead of a misdemeanor.

MI became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.

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North Dakotans passed an initiative allowing the use of medical marijuana in 2016 but the state has been slow to approve dispensaries. The initiative requires all marijuana and marijuana products to be tested for safety and includes strict tracking requirements to ensure that marijuana is not diverted into the unregulated market. Its proposal also levies a 10 percent sales tax on pot sales.

Selling marijuana without a license, or selling marijuana to a minor, would still be criminal and would hold the same harsh penalties as today.

Healthy and Productive Michigan said in a statement Tuesday night that "our side lost" the measure that if approved will make the state the first in the Midwest to legalize its sale and use.

Supporters estimate proposition one will bring in roughly $130,000,000 in tax revenue each year.

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