A Christmas Gift From Voters
Three states legalized recreational marijuana it the mid-term election. Michigan voters legalized recreational marijuana, making it the tenth state in America to do so. Voters in Missouri and Utah legalized marijuana for medical purposes. This now makes a total of 32 states to now have medical cannabis. The victory in Michigan highlights just how widespread support is for marijuana policy reform.
Michigan voters approved Proposal 1, allowing adults over 21 to buy, grow, use and possess cannabis for recreational purposes. Under the measure, adults can be in possession of 2.5 ounces of marijuana, a provision similar to the state’s medical marijuana law that was approved in 2008. They can also grow up to 12 plants at home for personal use. The initiative also legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp, which can be used to make bio-fuels, textiles, and foods.
Cannabis-infused beverage companies still face an uphill battle. On Sept. 27, 2018, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill prohibiting bars, liquor stores, restaurants, and essentially any establishment that isn't a licensed cannabis dispensary from selling alcoholic beverages infused with cannabidiol, or CBD, as of Jan. 1, 2019. CBD is the nonpsychoactive cannabinoid of the cannabis plant best known for its medical benefits.