Michigan voters easily approved a law to allow the seriously ill to smoke marijuana, reports the Detroit News. Michigan became the 13th state — and first in the Midwest — to legalize medical marijuana. While backers said it would help as many as 50,000 residents ease the pain of cancer, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, and other illnesses, Proposal 1 drew wide opposition from law enforcement, business, and health organizations.
Dianne Byrum of Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care said the opposition ads didn’t work. Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Bill Schuette, spokesman for the group opposed to medical marijuana, said, “We waged a good fight and talked about the unintended consequences. But we were underfunded and came up short.”