Michigan legalizes, Missouri and Utah approve medical, and North Dakota rejects legalization in election
As you should know (because you voted, right?), yesterday was an Election Day in the United States, and a number of states and towns were looking at marijuana-related measures. The biggest good news is that Michigan has legalized marijuana, becoming the 10th state to do so. Voters passed the measure by a margin of 56 to 44. Missouri and Utah both approved medical use — the debate in Missouri was particularly wild, with three different proposals on the ballot, but voters made a great choice, picking a rule that will allow for cultivation and allow doctors to recommend marijuana for any issue, rather than having to choose from a list.
Unfortunately, North Dakota didn’t agree — voters rejected a measure to legalize there. Two years ago, voters approved a medical cannabis initiative, but they weren’t too happy about this option. The measure would have put no limits on the amount of cannabis that people could make or use, and didn’t have clear outlines for rules or regulations in the industry. Combine those issues with North Dakota’s relatively conservative electorate, and you get a no. But advocates weren’t too bothered — they say that they’ll try again.
And considering that the majority of Americans are strongly in favor of legalization (not to mention that Democrats retook the house last night and showed new signs of life to come), you have to think that these are just milestones on the way to full legalization. Very soon now, it doesn’t seem long until everyone in the US will have access to cannabis, and be able to enjoy it responsibly and intelligently.