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Midterms and marijuana: These 4 states will vote on legal pot

Marijuana legalization on the ballot in four states

North Dakotans decisively rejected a proposal to make marijuana legal for recreational purposes.

The proposal passed by a 56-44 percent margin with 93 percent of precincts reporting.

MI voters legalized recreational marijuana use for residents over the age of 21 with retail sales of the product subject to a 10 percent tax.

Allow individuals 21 and older to; purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.

State laws allowing recreational use of marijuana have spread across the United States since Colorado voters approved one in 2012.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol says public consumption and driving under the influence are not legalized, and no commercial sales will happen until businesses are licensed and approved.

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"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.

Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require amounts over 2.5 ounces be secured in locked containers.

It also changes the current related violations from crimes to civil infractions.

Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them.

As of late Tuesday night with 43 per cent of polls reporting, MI voters appeared to vote in favour of legalizing recreational cannabis for anyone 21 years old or older in the state, with about 57 per cent of voters approving the ballot measure while 42 per cent voted against it. Scott Greenlee is the president of Healthy and Productive Michigan. Supporters say it will raise roughly $130 million in additional tax revenue each year that will go toward road repairs, schools and local governments.

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