Voters in several states - including MA - voiced their opinions Tuesday on marijuana ballot initiatives, ranging from legalization to potential restrictions on cannabis shops in town.
Ron Galaviz said before Election Day that if the measure passed, he and his colleagues envisioned "dedicated patrols" to spot drivers coming from MI who might be high or have pot on them. 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. Proposition 2 was passed with 53 percent of the vote.
Under the measure, it will be regulated like alcohol and only be allowed to be used by people in the privacy of their own homes.
Several states were added to the growing list of legal places to smoke marijuana.
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. Amendment 3, which would have imposed a 15 percent tax and set up a research institute benefiting its author, was easily defeated, while Amendment 2 had 65.5 percent support, and Proposition C had 56.5 percent.More news: 3 children killed, 1 critically injured after being hit at bus stop
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Before Tuesday's vote, 22 American states had adopted comprehensive medical marijuana programs.
"The president doesn't have an ideology beyond self-preservation and getting re-elected, and if the math makes sense, he may drop strong hints on the campaign trail that the legalization of recreational cannabis at the federal level will happen if he wins in 2020", Malik said in an email to BNN Bloomberg.
Voters in Utah also were considering whether to legalize medical marijuana. "Yet they will pass them to send a message to cannabis advocates".
At some point, Congress will have to officially recognize what's going on by reconciling federal law, which still prohibits marijuana in any form for any goal, with state laws that tolerate medical or recreational use.
In Ohio, six cities had local cannabis decriminalization measures, with five voting in favor of decriminalization.
Emblematic of this shift was the defeat of House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas), an unreconstructed drug warrior whom Kampia calls "the sphincter who has constipated all marijuana bills and amendments in the House in recent years".
And in one of the sweeter outcomes of the Democrats' retaking of the House, one of the biggest obstacles to marijuana reform in Congress, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), lost to Democrat Colin Allred, a supporter of marijuana reform.