These are the next 4 states to legalize marijuana

Marcus Newton
November 8, 2018

Mr. Sessions ended that practice in January, however, and Tuesday's midterms mark the first time states will vote on legalizing marijuana on the heels of his policy change.

MI voters approved a measure permitting people over 21 years old to smoke pot.

In Michigan, the Proposal 1 legalization initiative was winning with 55.8 percent of the vote, with 96 percent of the vote counted as of Wednesday morning. They clearly were not ready to take the next step, although two-fifths of them said yes to a sweeping ballot initiative that aimed to legalize all peaceful marijuana-related activities (except for sales to minors) and create a system of automatic expungement for people convicted of such offenses.

In that election, 63 percent of MI voters approved medical marijuana, making it the 13th state to legalize medical cannabis. In addition to the public health and safety benefits associated with regulating marijuana, the state will have a significant new stream of tax revenue.

READ: Recreational marijuana legalized in Michigan: When will it be legal, what's next?

North Dakota also weighed in a measure that would legalize marijuana use for those over the age of 21, but voters overwhelmingly rejected the proposal by a margin of 59.5% to 40.5%.

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State laws allowing recreational use of marijuana have spread across the United States since Colorado voters approved one in 2012.

A state licensing system will be enacted for marijuana businesses and it will allow for cities and individual townships to restrict them.

MI became the 10th USA state - and first in the Midwest - to legalize recreational pot. With Missouri and Utah now joining the ranks, medical marijuana is now legal in 32 states.

Despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ardent attempts to stomp out legal weed, a 2017 Gallup poll showed record-high support for legalizing marijuana from both Democrats and Republicans. It would, however, have legalized cannabis for residents 21-years-old and over, and expunged old convictions for cannabis possession.

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. 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.

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