His platform includes legalizing medical marijuana, which voters in 14 of 16 counties across the state signaled support for in advisory referendums on the ballot.
North Dakotans decisively rejected a proposal to make marijuana legal for recreational purposes.
Democrats took control of the House and Republicans maintained their grip on the Senate, but another victor of the 2018 US midterm elections is the cannabis industry. Per the Associated Press, the 4 percent sales tax would fund veteran health services.
In Michigan, voters will decide whether to approve - for adults aged 21 and older - recreational use and legalize the possession and sale of up to 2.5 ounces of pot. Although North Dakota won't be legalizing recreational marijuana this midterm election season, cannabis companies in the United States and Canada rallied on new market opportunities in MI and what appears to be a shift in public perception about the drug.
The only defeat for marijuana reform last night came in North Dakota, where voters just two years ago approved medical use by a whopping 28-point margin.
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Before Tuesday's vote, 22 American states had adopted comprehensive medical marijuana programs. Within a residence, adults will be permitted to grow up to twelve marijuana plants and/or possess up to ten ounces of marijuana.
He's not alone in thinking more needs to be done to address people who are locked up for non-violent marijuana-related offenses. The compromise is more restrictive than other states' medical marijuana efforts, since patients won't be allowed to grow their own weed and can only smoke the prescribed bud under certain circumstances.
While there is still considerable room for liberalizing marijuana policy by initiative, the focus increasingly will shift to legislatures in states such as New Jersey, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. Counting Oklahoma, where voters approved medical marijuana in June, three red states have taken that step this year.
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. Both states passed amendments that legalize marijuana for people with qualifying illnesses, bringing the total count in the United States to 30 states. Proposition 2 was passed with 53 percent of the vote. If more than one measure passes, the proposal with the largest affirmative vote will become law.