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Let's get high: MI just voted to legalize recreational marijuana

Let's get high: MI just voted to legalize recreational marijuana

"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.

Adults can also grow up to 12 marijuana plants in their homes for personal use.

The third proposal approved by MI voters will add a few voting options, like voting by absentee ballot without giving a reason and using the straight-party option.

In Michigan, passage of Proposal 1 would legalize marijuana use and possession for adults 21 while paving the way for the state to set up a system for taxing and regulating retail sales.

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

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Proposals legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes are pending in Missouri and Utah, meanwhile, where their passage would increase the number of states that permit medical cannabis from 31.

Missouri voters opted to approve the sale of medical marijuana with a 4 per cent tax on cannabis sales with the revenue dedicated to health care services for US veterans. Residents of Missouri will decide between three competing measures to legalize medicinal pot.

In Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune projected that voters would approve Proposition 2, which allows patients to legally use, possess and purchase marijuana for medical purposes for conditions such as HIV, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, autism, cancer and Alzheimer's.

Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them. The department can issue special licenses allowing on-site consumption, subject to local approval.

Before Tuesday's vote, 22 American states had adopted comprehensive medical marijuana programs. If more than one measure passes, the proposal with the largest affirmative vote will become law.