Michigan, Missouri and Utah vote to legalize marijuana in midterm election

Marijuana legalization on the ballot in four states

Michigan Voters Legalize Marijuana

Voters in Utah and Missouri will consider whether to approve the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

MI is one of only two states, the other being Alaska, where households are allowed to grow 12 marijuana plants.

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Medical marijuana has been legal in MI since voters approved its use in a 2008 ballot initiative.

The healthy margins are not surprising given the general popularity of these policies. When Gallop began polling Americans about the marijuana legalization in 1969, just 12 percent of respondents supported the issue.

Helping the homeless. In San Francisco, 60% of voters were in favor of the controversial Proposition C, which will tax big businesses to raise around $300 million a year to help homeless people, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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"Thanks to the unflagging efforts of patients and advocates, Missourians who could benefit from medical marijuana will soon be able to use it without fear of being treated like criminals", said Matthew Sweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project. That announcement sent pot shares plunging three days after California became the largest jurisdiction to legalize recreational use. Colorado voters passed their initiative on November 6, 2012 and had to wait a month until a new state amendment went into effect on December 6, 2012, making marijuana officially legal in Colorado. The four that have not are Idaho, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. "But with legalizations looming - perhaps within the next two years - and more States creating medical and recreational programs, we believe cannabis stocks are on a firm upward trajectory, although there may be a few dips along the way". "MI is going to demonstrate that regulating marijuana works, and it will set a strong example for other states in the region and around the country".

"Investors believed cannabis stocks were over-valued ahead of legalization, and then the stocks rocketed upward as legalization neared and took effect". The official vote total is 2,285,364 in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana in MI. The most straightforward approach I've seen is the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, a one-sentence bill sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) that makes the federal marijuana ban inapplicable to anyone acting in compliance with state law. That could alter the future election landscape in the country's most populous swing state. "The Democratic takeover of the U.S. House was the most important outcome, because the House speaker, committee chairs, and subcommittee chairs will all be Democrats for the first time since 2010, with a majority of Democrats populating literally all House committees and subcommittees".

Kristin Schrader, 51, a Democrat from Superior Township in Washtenaw County, said she voted to legalize marijuana because she doesn't want people leaving MI to get it.

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