The Midterm Elections: How did cannabis do?


The Midterm Elections: How did cannabis do?

Midterm election results are pouring in from around the country. Several states, including Utah, Missouri, Michigan, and North Dakota, had cannabis legalization initiatives on their ballots. Across the country, over half of Americans now support cannabis legalization. Today, in several states, those voters got their way.

Midterm Election Results – Cannabis Initiatives

Utah – Yes On Proposition 2 – Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis will be legal in Utah, under specific conditions. Voters rallied against powerful forces like the Mormon Church, and Governor Gary Herbert, to give patients access to medical marijuana. Vaping and edible cannabis will be legal, but smoking still won’t.

Missouri – Yes On Amendment 2 – Medical Cannabis

Missouri voters actually had three cannabis initiatives on their ballot. They passed one of them. Amendment 2 creates a medical marijuana system similar to other states, while donating a large percentage of revenue to veterans services. (The other two defeated initiatives varied in how the revenue was divided.) Missouri will soon have legalized medical marijuana.

Michigan – Yes On Proposal 1 – Recreational Cannabis

In Michigan, adults 21 and older will be able to purchase cannabis. But according to the measure, the state has a couple years to hammer out the specific laws and regulations. Once they do, adults will be able to buy and possess up to 10 ounces of cannabis flower, 15 grams of cannabis concentrates. It will also be legal for adults to grow 12 plants at home.

North Dakota – No On Measure 3 – Recreational Cannabis

Faced with a ballot initiative legalizing recreational pot, North Dakotans responded with a resounding NO. Over 59 percent of voters voted against Measure 3. Critics of the bill worry about increased drug abuse, intoxicated drivers, and regulatory costs.

Bonus – Jeff Sessions Fired As Attorney General

Trump fired the most vocal opponent of legal cannabis in his administration, Jeff Sessions. Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo, allowing state attorney generals to prosecute cannabis businesses under federal law. While nothing serious came out of it, Session’s intent towards cannabis and its users was alarming. Sessions famously stated that “good people don’t use marijuana.”

As the nation reacts to the news of Sessions’ firing, cannabis stocks have risen more than 10 points. Matthew G. Whittaker will replace Sessions as interim Attorney General. It’s unclear how Whittaker will treat states with legal cannabis laws and industries.


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