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Michigan Voters Approve Recreational Marijuana

Michigan voters have legalized the sale and use of recreational marijuana, making their state the first in the Midwest and the 10th overall to do so. Michigan voters have legalized the sale and use of recreational marijuana, making their state the first in the Midwest and the 10th overall to do so. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Created: November 07, 2018 01:00 AM

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan voters have legalized the sale and use of recreational marijuana, making their state the first in the Midwest and the 10th overall to do so.

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The ballot measure approved Tuesday will allow people age 21 or older to buy, grow and use the drug. Businesses would need a state license to sell marijuana and local governments could bar such businesses from opening within their borders.

Michigan's legalization of marijuana could create tension with neighboring Indiana and Ohio, where voters soundly rejected a 2015 recreational marijuana measure.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz said before Election Day that if the measure passed, he and his colleagues envisioned "dedicated patrols" to spot drivers coming from Michigan who might be high or have pot on them.

North Dakota voters are also deciding whether to legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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