Matthew Abel, an attorney with the Cannabis Counsel in Detroit, says there is still work to be done on marijuana laws in the state.
Before Tuesday's vote, 22 American states had adopted comprehensive medical marijuana programs.
Medical marijuana was first approved by MI voters back in 2008. In Michigan, any household with at least one adult 21 and older is allowed to grow 12 plants.
Missouri voted on three separate initiatives on pot; each one deals with how medical marijuana would be taxed, but Missouri voters had to decide which plan to go with. MI just joined nine other states, the District of Columbia, and Canada in legalizing recreational marijuana. The proposal also legalized commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers subject to a 10 percent tax. "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".
"Now that more than 30 states have enacted comprehensive medical marijuana laws, it is time for Congress to step up and address the issue at the federal level". Ten days after that certification, people age 21 or older will be allowed to have, use and grow the drug, but the process of establishing regulations for its retail sale could take about two years.
Now after Tuesday's general election, MI is the 10th state to approve a measure to legalize recreational marijuana, and the first in the Midwest.
In this way, Utah and Missouri joined a list that now includes 33 states where medical marijuana is legal. Support for medical marijuana is considerably higher: A Quinnipiac University poll conducted last April put it at 93 percent.
Adult recreational users of weed will be able to use it legally in another state. So far Vermont is the only state that has legalized recreational use (but not commercial production and distribution) by that route.
Utah voters also gave the nod to medical marijuana. The constitutional amendment will allow patients with cancer, HIV, epilepsy and other conditions access to the drug.
In Alabama, an amendment to the state's constitution will formally "recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and rights of children, including the right to life" The Republican-backed Amendment 2 does not specifically outlaw or restrict abortion in Alabama. The most straightforward approach I've seen is the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, a one-sentence bill sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) that makes the federal marijuana ban inapplicable to anyone acting in compliance with state law.