The Detroit Free Press projects a comfortable victory for the ballot proposal to make the state the 10th to legalize recreational pot.
US efforts to legalize recreational marijuana use saw mixed results on Tuesday, as voters in MI approved a measure legalizing the drug while North Dakotans looked set to block it. It's likely that the legal use of marijuana will kick in for MI residents in early to mid-December.
The cash crop is expected to bring in enormous revenue for MI with marijuana and edibles subjected to a 10 per cent tax in addition to the state's regular six per cent sales tax.
A similar measure in North Dakota, however, appears destined for defeat, though Legalize ND campaigners say they won't concede until all votes are counted-and if the measure does fail, they will try again in 2020, the Grand Forks Herald reports. MI just joined nine other states, the District of Columbia, and Canada in legalizing recreational marijuana. The number of states that have legalized recreational marijuana rose from nine to 10, and the number allowing medical use rose from 31 to 33.
Opponents say legalizing marijuana would lead to increased use by children, drug abuse and vehicle crashes.
Marijuana legalization, non-partisan redistricting and expanded voting access were all given the green light by voters across the state and locally in Tuesday's General Election.
In all, 155 statewide initiatives were on ballots across the country. In Utah, meanwhile, Gov. Gary Herbert said he would ask lawmakers to work on a bill legalizing medical marijuana if voters reject Proposition 2 at the polls Tuesday.
MI voters approved a measure permitting people over age 21 to smoke pot recreationally. Moreover, people are allowed to grow up to six plants for personal medical use if they live more than 100 miles from a dispensary. It came as the state was still setting up its medical marijuana system, which voters approved by a wide margin two years ago.
Proposition C would have altered state law to place a 2 percent tax on medical weed that would go to veteran services, drug treatment, early childhood education, and public safety in cities with dispensaries. Both states passed amendments that legalize marijuana for people with qualifying illnesses, bringing the total count in the United States to 30 states.