Michigan voters weigh bringing legal marijuana to Midwest

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Utah voters also chose to legalize medical use of marijuana for people with qualifying illnesses, with about 56 per cent in favour and almost half of the state's polls reporting.

Before Tuesday's vote, 22 American states had adopted comprehensive medical marijuana programs.

Meanwhile, a similar measure in North Dakota is poised for defeat.

Medical marijuana has been legal in MI since 2008, when 63 percent of voters approved it. MI joins nine states in legalizing recreational use: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.

"This is yet another historic election for the movement to end marijuana prohibition", said Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, which played a leading role in organizing the MI initiative.

MI already had a sizable medical marijuana industry, but Tuesday's vote means residents 21 and older can now consume the drug and grow up to 12 plants for personal use.

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Voters in Missouri and Utah both approved ballot measures to allow the sale of medical marijuana, meaning cannabis for medicinal purposes is now available to half of the country.

It will also be legal to give someone else 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

Four states are set to vote Tuesday on whether to legalize marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes amid growing support for the cannabis industry's entrance into mainstream society.

Permit retail sales of marijuana and edibles subject to a 10% tax, dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads, and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.

In Missouri, voters will be asked to chose between three separate proposals legalizing medical marijuana to varying degrees. During any 14-day period, a state-licensed cardholder could purchase as much as 2 ounces of marijuana. The bill appears to have support from a number of key stakeholders in the state, from advocates, policymakers and the Mormon church.

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