Michigan, Missouri, Utah voters opt to loosen marijuana laws

The fiscal 2019 budget signed by Gov. Charlie Baker projected $63 million in marijuana-derived revenue for the year. Since missing the July 1 deadline for the start of recreational marijuana sales the state has missed out on a potential $20 million in

The fiscal 2019 budget signed by Gov. Charlie Baker projected $63 million in marijuana-derived revenue for the year. Since missing the July 1 deadline for the start of recreational marijuana sales the state has missed out on a potential $20 million in

The third proposal approved by MI voters will add a few voting options, like voting by absentee ballot without giving a reason and using the straight-party option.

In Utah and Missouri, voters on Tuesday decided that patients should have access to medical marijuana.

Cowabunga! With 55 percent of precincts reporting as of 11:40 p.m., 57.7 percent of voters had voted "yes" on Proposition 1, according to the New York Times.

Meanwhile, a similar measure in North Dakota is poised for defeat.

"Western and Northeastern states have led the way on legalizing marijuana, but the victory in MI powerfully demonstrates the national reach of this movement", Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a press release.

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Utah voters also chose to legalize medical use of marijuana for people with qualifying illnesses, with about 56 per cent in favour and almost half of the state's polls reporting.

Proposal 1 allows adults 21 or older to possess 2.5 ounces or less of marijuana in public, transfer that amount to other adults "without remuneration", possess up to 10 ounces at home, and grow up to 12 plants for personal consumption. Amendment 2 legalized medical marijuana and imposes a 4 percent tax on all marijuana sales.

In Missouri, voters will be asked to chose between three separate proposals legalizing medical marijuana to varying degrees.

Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them. In October, Utah medical marijuana advocates and state lawmakers agreed to a compromise bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state but with some differences from the ballot initiative.

The bill requires a full vote in the state Legislature and a signature from the governor to become law.

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