States across the US also legalized in different ways, including one state that decriminalized all illegal drugs.
MICHIGAN — Municipalities across Michigan are lighting it up.
Residents in multiple communities statewide approved ballot proposals during the 2020 election, allowing or increasing marijuana businesses within municipal limits.
In Port Huron in St. Clair County, about 8,500 residents approved, and about 3,400 residents disapproved, a proposal to authorize and regulate marijuana facilities and establishments within the city. That includes processing and fees, as well as increasing city revenue with an excise tax on marijuana sales.
Lake Orion, in Oakland County, had well over 60% of voter support to allow recreational marijuana businesses in the Village.
About 56% of voters in Pinckney followed suit, supporting a recreational marijuana business measure for a limited number of establishments.
Three Oaks Township, located in Berrien County, had the support of about six out of 10 voters in allowing a certain number of recreational establishments.
In Northport, nearly three quarters of residents voted against a proposal that would not have allowed recreational establishments in the Village.
One outlier was Kawkawlin Township, in Bay County, where about 57% of voters voted down a proposal to allow an unlimited number of recreational businesses.
Rope Loosened on Marijuana and Other Drugs Nationally
It wasn’t just Michigan, either.
Voters in Arizona, New Jersey, Montana, and South Dakota approved measures to allow adults to legally possess marijuana. The proposal in New Jersey was a change of law, however, as the state’s Legislature will have to vote to accept or reject the voices of the voters.
As part of their measures, adults in Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota will be able to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal use, or to establish a regulated retail market.
Mississippi and South Dakota also approved medical cannabis in their states, with Mississippi voters favoring a measure placed on the ballot by patient advocates.
Currently, 15 states now have adult-use recreational marijuana laws while 36 states have enacted or voted to allow medical marijuana access.
Longtime marijuana advocacy organization NORML said marijuana was the “clear winner” of this election cycle.
“Despite this public consensus, elected officials have far too often remained unresponsive to the legalization issue,” said NORML Executive Director Erik Altiieri in a statement. “This dereliction of representation has forced advocacy groups to directly place the marijuana-related ballot question before the voters.
“These results once again illustrate that support for legalization extends across geographic and demographic lines. The success of these initiatives proves definitively that marijuana legalization is not exclusively a ‘blue’ state issue, but an issue that is supported by a majority of all Americans—regardless of party politics.”
Oregon went a step above the rest. Voters passed Measure 110, which decriminalized the personal possession of illegal drugs, like cocaine, LSD, heroin, oxycodone, and methamphetamine.