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Three more states take a step towards positive cannabis reform as the midterm election season ends. November 6th has come and gone, with a record breaking number of 31.5 million early voting ballots cast three days before Election Day. In this 2018 midterm, Democrats regained control of the House Of Representatives, ending a two-year long streak in which Republicans controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. As our nation took on many legislative changes Tuesday, let’s detail some of the newest changes to these three recreational and medical marijuana states:

Michigan has legalized recreational marijuana for adults 21 years or older allowing residents to purchase, possess and use marijuana and edibles . Assuring a 57 percent affirmative vote, Proposition 1 establishes a regulated state licensing system and allows residents to grow up to 12 marijuana plants at home. Being the first state in the midwest to do so, Michigan's new cannabis law also moves marijuana violations from criminal to civil infractions while also establishing a 10 percent tax on marijuana sales; which will be used for implementation cost, clinical trials, schools, roads and municipalities with marijuana businesses.

Both Missouri and Utah have become the 31st and 32nd states to legalize medical marijuana for residents. Utah has made a very impressive move towards cannabis legalization as the states Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - whom discurrouges any type of intoxication or drugs - agreed on the bill which would prohibit individuals to smoke marijuana or growing their own cannabis. While under Proposition 2, smoking marijuana would remain illegal though infused foods or vape pens are allowed to patients with qualifying conditions.

Missouri’s Amendment 2 was the only one of three propositions which passed with an staggering affirmative vote of 66 percent. This was also the only amendment that allowed patients to home grow 6 plants as well as establish a regulated market with 4 percent tax on marijuana sales within the state.

The only state that did not pass a marijuana measure was North Dakota, where voters rejected a proposal to largely legalize cannabis for recreational use. While the state still has an active legal medical marijuana program, it still remains illegal under federal law in the U.S.

Times are changing and as cannabis becomes a very likable subject thru U.S., politicians and the general public are taking a more positive stance towards cannabis legalization. It’s only time before we see a full removal of its 80+ year long prohibition of the medicinal plant.

By: Natalya Upshur