Michigan, North Dakota, Florida, Kentucky, and Missouri are all primed to vote on some measure of legalization for marijuana in their respective states on Tuesday. Each state’s vote means different things for its constituents.
In Michigan, recreational use is up for vote. The measure, titled Proposal 1, would allow for recreational use by those age 21 and older. However, the law specifically states that municipalities can make their own laws that would take precedence in those locations.
The law would allow individuals to grow up to 12 plants for use. However, consumption in a public setting would still be off-limits.
For North Dakota, Measure 3 will allow adults over the age of 21 to use marijuana for recreational use and will also require the expungement of certain records related to marijuana offenses in the state.
Sales tax would be 5%, as it falls under the state tax laws.
As far as the vote in Florida goes, Amendment 11 would change a current law that would hold marijuana offenders responsible even if the state changes the laws regarding marijuana use by those within the state boundaries.
While voters decide for or against this amendment, they also can vote for Andrew Gillum for governor, who supports legalization for recreational use, or US Rep. Ron DeSantis, who has voted against measures that would have made it easier for veterans to use marijuana for medical purposes. DeSantis is concerned that minors will get ahold of marijuana more easily if laws are relaxed.
Kentucky’s vote means a step towards legalization, provided the voters re-elect Kentucky state senator Dan Seum. The senator led efforts to legalize recreational use in January of 2018. Meanwhile, he supports a house bill that stalled in the spring, which would have allowed medical use by those who have specific illnesses.
Legalization supporters in the Kentucky legislature feel that the move would help economically as well, bringing in as much as $100 million in new revenue when the state is struggling with debt.
Finally, Missouri’s vote involves three proposals regarding legalization of marijuana. Any of these will lead to access to marijuana within the state for medicinal purposes. Each has a different proposal for the tax rate on marijuana and the governing body assigned to regulate the drug.