Marijuana Legalization Measure Defeated in North Dakota - Hit & Run

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Proposal 1 establishes a 10 percent tax on marijuana products in addition to Michigan's 6 percent sales tax.

Voters this evening passed Proposal 18-1 into law, making MI the 10th state to legalize marijuana. Before Tuesday's vote 20 of the 50 states allow it for medical use. Greenlee says these efforts have been successful in other states.

Americans didn't just vote for candidates, they also passed a number of ballot measures across the country on issues including legalizing marijuana, expanding access to Medicaid and restoring voting rights to felons.

If Measure 3 passed, it would have fallen on the state legislature to pull together a regulatory structure.

MI would be the first U.S. Midwest state to allow its residents to purchase and consumer cannabis legally.

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Advocates for cannabis in North Dakota are still hopeful that legalization will happen in the near future.

"Now I'm very hopeful that we can now work on getting these brothers and sisters out of jail and getting them into jobs, and that's what I'm all about", Young said. Doctors can prescribe cannabis products for various symptoms, and patients can either buy it or grow it at home.

"Western and northeastern states have led the way on legalizing marijuana, but the victory in MI powerfully demonstrates the national reach of this movement", said Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. The latter is the only state that does not authorize marijuana stores. The measure would have legalized recreational cannabis for those 21 and over.

Despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ardent attempts to stomp out legal weed, a 2017 Gallup poll showed record-high support for legalizing marijuana from both Democrats and Republicans. Possession of marijuana by minors would be treated the same as possession of alcohol.

State Senator Coleman Young II attended a pro-recreational pot party in Detroit.

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