2018 midterm elections: Major ballot measures that passed

Frederick Owens
November 7, 2018

The initiative allows for the possession of up to 2.5 ounces, or up to 10 ounces at a private residence, for those 21 and older. It would, however, have legalized cannabis for residents 21-years-old and over, and expunged old convictions for cannabis possession.

Voters in Alabama and West Virginia passed measures that could pave the way for new limits or a full ban on abortion in those states if the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision that legalized abortion and has been reaffirmed by the court in subsequent rulings. Measure 3, the Marijuana Legalization and Automatic Expungement Initiative, was opposed by 60 percent of voters with 80 percent of precincts reporting. He says they will now turn to helping communities opt out of having to allow retail pot businesses.

MI became the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana, and the 10th state overall to do so, with both CNN and NBC reporting that the state had passed Proposal 1. Per the Associated Press, the 4 percent sales tax would fund veteran health services.

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.

Amendment 3, on the other hand, would have placed a 15 percent tax on weed you'd buy at a storefront, and a tax on wholesale bud.

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MI now joins nine other states that have legalized marijuana for all uses: Washington, Colorado, California, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada and Vermont.

Transgender rights. Voters in MA said yes to Question 3, which upholds a 2016 state law allowing transgender people to use the public facilities, including restrooms and locker rooms, of the gender they identify with, WBUR reports.

OH was the most recent state to legalize medical weed through a ballot initiative in October, and Vermont became the first state to bypass the polls entirely by legalizing recreational cannabis through its state legislature in January. Amendment two passed. That allows doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to patients.

Once considered a taboo product, a growing number of Americans support marijuana legalization. On a more municipal level, voters in various cities across OH weighed questions related to decriminalization and minimizing punishments so that possession is treated like a traffic ticket instead of a misdemeanor.

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