Last week’s cannabis midterms made history in some states. Here’s a look at what passed:

MICHIGAN

First off, adult-use legalization was approved. Proposition 1 passed 56-44 percent. Michigan is now the tenth state to legalize for adult-use. Now, residents of the state can possess 2.5 ounces and can grow up to 12 plants in their own home. And in just a few days, the recreational law will take effect and consumers can start their own personal consumption. Retail sales will begin in 2020.

UTAH

Proposition 2 for medical marijuana passed in Utah 53-47 percent. Now, the passing of Proposition 2 makes Utah the 32nd state to legalize medical cannabis. But, there has been a significant change in cannabis legalization mindset, according to Matthew Scheich, the deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project:

“The passage of Proposition 2 illustrates just how broad support has grown for medical marijuana in the U.S. Even in socially conservative states like Utah, most voters recognize marijuana has significant medical value, and they believe it should be available to patients who could benefit from it.”

But Utah’s medical marijuana rules won’t allow patients to smoke product. Patients can vape, consume edibles, and use other methods of consumption. And, six plants can be grown at home if the patient resides at least 100 miles from a dispensary. As for patient purchase rules, these currently allow:

  • Up to two ounces of marijuana
  • Ten grams of CBD oil every two weeks
  • Ten grams of THC oil every two weeks

NORTH DAKOTA

No such luck in North Dakota for cannabis though. After voting 59-41 percent, residents in the state rejected the marijuana legalization issue on the ballot. As a matter of fact, the legalization was not like in other states. Up for voting was the option to completely remove any and all penalties for cannabis from state law. Additionally, 21+ would have been allowed to grow and sell the plant: no limitations and tax-free. If this had passed, it would have been the freest legalization reform in the United States. Legalize ND backed the ballot issue and had high hopes for these cannabis midterms. In a recent statement, the group stated that they will continue to push for legalization.

MISSOURI

All in all, voters had three cannabis-related opportunities available to them on their ballot. Both NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project had endorsed Amendment 2. And Amendment 2 passed with a 66-34 percent majority, making Missouri the 31st state to legalize medical marijuana. The other two ballot issues were a constitutional amendment and a statutory amendment. However, voters viewed Amendment 2 more favorable due to its low tax rate of four percent for medical cannabis. Additionally, funds from the MMJ program are to be directed to health services for military veterans. Furthermore, excess funds will also support the state’s medical cannabis regulatory agencies.

Cannabis Midterms and Decriminalization

A number of cities in Ohio approved cannabis decriminalization laws. Now, this brings the total to 11.

  • Dayton
  • Fremont
  • Norwood
  • Oregon
  • Windham

Last but Not Least

Even Wisconsin has jumped on the cannabis wagon. The state tested the waters on its ballot. And 16 counties had questions related to cannabis to see what interest existed in reforming the state’s cannabis laws.

The Industry is Changing

The recent cannabis midterms illustrated the ever-changing cannabis landscape. But it can be difficult to keep up with it all. Don’t fret! Pinnacle is your go-to source. And, we’re only a call away. Additionally, you can schedule a sit-down consultation.