Voters in Utah and Missouri will consider whether to approve the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Proposal 1 establishes a 10 percent tax on marijuana products in addition to Michigan's 6 percent sales tax. While an amendment to legalize recreational cannabis in North Dakota failed, voters in Utah and Missouri passed measures to make marijuana available for medical use.
"Western and northeastern states have led the way on legalizing marijuana, but the victory in MI powerfully demonstrates the national reach of this movement", said Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance who questioned how long the federal government could resist the legalization wave.
The good news for anyone wanting to get high without breaking the law is that the medical marijuana regulatory system gives the state a head start.
There were three statewide proposals on Tuesday's ballot. Residents would be allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants at their home without a license or purchase pot from a licensed business.
According to Cowen Research Group, four states in particular look to have ample runway to legalize cannabis as they now have a Democratic Governor and support from either the state's House and/or Senate.
A Gallup poll released last month found that 66 percent of Americans, the highest level ever in the firm's almost 50 years of surveys on the topic, support marijuana legalization. Amendment 2 passed, which allowed doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to patients. "But with legalizations looming - perhaps within the next two years - and more States creating medical and recreational programs, we believe cannabis stocks are on a firm upward trajectory, although there may be a few dips along the way".
Proposition C would have altered state law to place a 2 percent tax on medical weed that would go to veteran services, drug treatment, early childhood education, and public safety in cities with dispensaries.
Just yesterday, Senator Olga Sanchez, Mexican President-elect Andrew Manual Lopez Obrador's choice for interior minister, announced plans to submit a recreational marijuana bill to Congress.