Although it wasn’t the green sweep that cannabis enthusiasts were hoping for, the recently passed midterm elections turned in a second-best case scenario for the marijuana legalization movement in the United States.
Entering Election Night, there were 30 states that had passed broad-based medical cannabis laws, nine of which also allowed adults to use recreational cannabis. Of these nine, eight had given the OK for the cultivation and sale of adult-use marijuana as well, with Vermont being the lone exception. Following Election Night, 32 states were now medically legal, with 10 having approved recreational weed.
Not quite a green sweep, but close enough
As has been the case with many recent elections, medical marijuana initiatives generally passed with ease. In Missouri, where voters were tasked with choosing between three medical marijuana initiatives on their ballots, Amendment 2 received overwhelming support, with 65.5% of the yes vote. Moving forward, medical cannabis will be legal and carry a 4% sales tax. The revenue collected will with be dedicated to covering healthcare services for veterans.
The traditionally conservative state of Utah also had little trouble passing Proposition 2, which won by nearly 50,000 votes. People with qualifying illnesses will soon be allowed to purchase medical pot in Utah.
On the recreational side of the equation it was a mixed bag. On one hand, the residents of North Dakota put a monkey wrench into the green sweep plan, handily voting down Measure 3 with almost 60% against the idea of legalization. Of course, North Dakota’s initiative was about more than just legalizing adult-use pot. It would also have expunged the records of those people previously convicted of a controlled substance offense in instances where that drug in question is now legal.
Then again, voters in Michigan easily approved Prop 1, legalizing recreational weed. According to Marijuana Business Daily, Michigan could generate between $1.4 billion and $1.7 billion in peak sales within a few years, making it one of the more lucrative opportunities within the United States.
Elizabeth Richey is an author, and student who approves articles and then published them on our website to the MJN viewership.
Her qualifications include a degree in international policy and medicine.
Always refer to a qualified doctor before using marijuana to treat an ailment.
Latest posts by Elizabeth Richey, MD (see all)
- Cannabis and asthma: How good are cannabinoids for bronchial spasms? - November 29, 2018
- Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The Most Chic Cannabis Accessories Under $100 - November 24, 2018
- Tech Companies and Pot Producers Becoming Fast Friends - November 24, 2018