Editor's Note
Michigan voters endorsed a proposal that permits adult use of marijuana, but a similar measure failed in North Dakota. Voters in Missouri and Utah approved measures to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Michigan became the 10th state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to allow adults to possess small amounts of marijuana. Missouri and Utah became the 33rd and 34th states to legalize marijuana for medical use.
Marijuana initiatives appeared on ballots in four states in the midterm elections. In Michigan and North Dakota, initiatives gave voters the opportunity to legalize marijuana for recreational use. In Missouri and Utah, voters chose whether to allow people who are sick to use the drug for medical reasons. ...

Michigan became the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana, and the 10th state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to allow adults to possess the drug in small amounts for recreational use. ...

In North Dakota, 59.5 percent of voters gave a thumbs down to Measure 3, which would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana for people who are 21 or older.