Green Wave? These 4 States Could Legalize Marijuana in the Midterms

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Michigan, North Dakota, Utah, and Missouri all have initiatives on the ballot this year to make recreational or medical use of marijuana legal.

Michigan and North Dakota are looking at full legalization of recreational use of marijuana for individuals over the age of 21, similar to laws in nine other states. Both of the states already legalized the use of medical marijuana.

The fight for legalization in Michigan is headed by The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which the name more or less represents what Proposal 1 would do in the state. The latest poll, according to Ballotpedia, shows support for the measure at 62 percent.

In North Dakota, prospects for legalization are looking grim as only 35 percent of those polled supported Measure 3, according to Ballotpedia. North Dakota’s measure differs from other cannabis legalization measures as it promises to expunge marijuana-related drug violations from criminal records.

Legalization of marijuana by state:

Utah and Missouri, on the other hand, could legalize cannabis for medical use.

The fight for legalization in Utah is led by Utah Patients Coalition, which is campaigning under for support of Proposition 2 under the guise of rights for medical patients.

According to Vox, a heavy and influential opponent of Proposition 2 is the Mormon Church. But so far the passage of the proposition is likely, as 64 percent of voters support legalization, according to Ballotpedia.

Missouri’s ballot will feature three separate initiatives to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Amendment 2, Amendment 3 and Proposition C differ in how much medical cannabis should be taxed and what the tax revenue should go to.

According to Vox, if all three measures pass Missouri law dictates that amendments have a higher status than propositions, so it would be between which of those two initiatives gets more votes; Amendment 2 or Amendment 3. It is unclear how the state will vote, as only one poll has been conducted on the matter.

If all four states pass the proposed initiatives, 33 states and Washington D.C. will all have marijuana legal in some capacity, and eleven of those states would have recreational use allowed.

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