MI becomes first Midwest state to legalize recreational marijuana


MI voters made their state the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana by passing a ballot measure that will allow people 21 or older to buy and use the drug.

MI voters have passed an initiative to legalize marijuana. But the Michigan Legislature still has to write laws that will govern the state's licensing system for marijuana businesses, and then the businesses will have to get proper licensing.

In Alabama and West Virginia, voters approved amendments to their state constitutions that aim to prevent public funding of abortions.

Canada, Michigan's neighbor to the north, legalized marijuana sales for adults in mid-October, which added pressured for Michigan to pass recreational use, too.

Floridians also approved a measure aimed at phasing out greyhound racing in the state, the last stronghold of the sport in the U.S. The measure will ban betting on greyhound races starting in 2021. Violations of the law would result in civil infractions or criminal charges, depending on the severity of the offense.

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Utah's medical marijuana legalization measure, which would allow privately owned dispensaries to sell cannabis, saw support drop in polls after state lawmakers said they had reached a compromise plan to instead allow patients to obtain cannabis from county health departments or a handful of state-approved pharmacies.

Proposal 1 allows marijuana to be regulated like alcohol.

MI residents over 21 years old will soon be able to buy, possess, use, and grow marijuana.

Proposal 1 establishes a 10 percent tax on marijuana products in addition to Michigan's 6 percent sales tax. Supporters say it will raise roughly $130 million in additional tax revenue each year that will go toward road repairs, schools and local governments.