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Old 11-06-2018, 02:30 PM #1
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America's marijuana map How it might change after the midterms

Four states across America are on the eve of introducing new cannabis legislation


America’s slow burn towards cannabis legalisation continues at the midterms as four states will vote on ballots featuring medicinal and recreational initiatives. Michigan and North Dakota will decide whether to make the drug legal while Utah and Missouri will vote on its medicinal uses. Polls are suggesting that all four ballots are likely to pass.
With two-thirds of Americans now pro-legalisation, it's fair to say that attitudes have relaxed since the fears of 'Reefer Madness' in the late 1930s, making marijuana a rare issue where party politics don't divide. This should result in an easy win politically to please constituents and generate a lot in tax revenue.
Despite Canada recently legalising marijuana at a national level, America is still yet to progress past the state-level. However, at the midterms, voters will be able to push America further towards its tipping point on federally legalised cannabis. Until then, here’s the current lay of the land.


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...term-elections
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Exciting times having Michigan and North Dakota with hopeful recreational (legal) use and who would have thought Utah and Missouri for MMJ?! All those out there in those states....VOTE!
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Nice to see it happening !
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3 out of 4 ain't bad
only north dakota didn't ratify
i see the missouri medical is full blown medical
no list of conditions, just a doc's recommendation, and you can home grow
pretty much legal, missouri just became more progressive than ny
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3 More States OK Easing Their Marijuana Laws: Michigan, Utah, Missouri



Voters in Michigan approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana on Tuesday, and two other states — Missouri and Utah — endorsed medical marijuana laws. Voters in North Dakota didn't partake, rejecting a measure to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Now 33 states have legalized marijuana to some degree, and recreational pot use is now legal in 10 states, along with Washington, D.C. But possessing, selling or using marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Coming into the Nov. 6 vote, both Michigan and North Dakota already had medical marijuana laws in place. Utah and Missouri didn't have far-reaching legislation on the books, though Missouri had lightened the potential penalties for first-time offenses.
Marijuana legalization advocates welcomed the news from Michigan, the first Midwestern state to approve recreational marijuana. Backers called it proof that a wide variety of Americans want the country's marijuana laws to change.
"I think it's safe to say federal laws are in need of an update," Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. He added, "We hope the results of this election will inspire Congress to finally start addressing the tension that exists between state and federal marijuana laws in our nation."
Here are the vote tallies, as reported by each state's election offices as of 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday:
  • Michigan Proposal 1: 55 percent in favor, 45 percent against
  • Missouri Amendment 2: 65.5 percent in favor, 34.5 percent against
  • North Dakota Measure 3: 59.5 percent against, 40.5 percent in favor
  • Utah Proposition 2: 53 percent in favor, 47 percent against
"Michigan residents over 21 years old will soon be able to buy, possess, use, and grow marijuana," reports member station Michigan Radio, which adds that Proposal 1's backers will now focus on trying to expunge criminal records related to nonviolent marijuana cases.
In Missouri, St. Louis Public Radio reports that Amendment 2 would impose a 4 percent tax on sales of medical marijuana, with the funds used to pay for the program. Any overage would go to the state's veterans commission. The station adds, "For the most part, there was no opposition arguing against the idea of medical marijuana."
North Dakota's Measure 3 would have required "the expungement of all marijuana-related convictions," Prairie Public Broadcasting reports. But critics said it went too far. The North Dakota Association of Counties opposed the measure, saying it lacked limits on how much marijuana one person could grow. It also said the state is still struggling to implement the 2016 measure that legalized medical use.
In Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert and key legislators already were working to frame a medical marijuana bill that is similar to Proposition 2, with the intention of passing it regardless of how Tuesday's vote turned out, Utah Public Radio reports. Those backing the plan to approve medical use include the Mormon church.
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The war on weed continues to fail. First Canada then Michigan. Things are looking up for the great lakes region and the U.S. as a whole.
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This story downplays the far more important result for cannabis legalization at the state level -- and nationally -- in the United States; that wasn't Michigan -- that's New York.

The Democrats just took control of both houses in the legislature in Albany as well as the office of Governor. Governor Cuomo has made no secret that he will support recreational legalization of cannabis.

The real question was whether the GOP in the NY state Senate would be able to stop it. They can't do that now. The Dems won a trifecta in New York state, for only the third time since WWII.

New York is the financial and media capital of the United States -- and in many respects -- the world. What happens in Manhattan affects how people see the issue and view legalization, both in America and abroad.

This won't be a ballot measure. It will be legislation. And as such, it will mark the end game of prohibition in the United States of America.
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Its beautiful to see the dominoes falling and yet also depressing to be in a place where this new reality has failed to yet assert itself.
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The war on weed continues to fail. First Canada then Michigan. Things are looking up for the great lakes region and the U.S. as a whole.
And not to forget Mexico, Lobrador start his presidency December 1st
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