Let's get high: MI just voted to legalize recreational marijuana

Clay Curtis
November 7, 2018

MI is going to have the first legal recreational marijuana in the Midwest.

MI voters have passed an initiative to legalize marijuana.

The measure passed by a 56-44 percent margin.

Utah voters also chose to legalize medical use of marijuana for people with qualifying illnesses, with about 56 per cent in favour and almost half of the state's polls reporting.

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In Michigan, passage of Proposal 1 would legalize marijuana use and possession for adults 21 while paving the way for the state to set up a system for taxing and regulating retail sales. Within a residence, adults will be permitted to grow up to twelve marijuana plants and/or possess up to ten ounces of marijuana. If approved, the bill would also expunge criminal offenses that would have been legal under the new law. So far California is the only state to approve a legalization initiative that addressed the lingering collateral consequences of a marijuana conviction, and even that measure put the onus on victims of prohibition to seek expungement or resentencing (although a law enacted last month will make the process easier).

Proposal 1 establishes a legal framework for licensing and regulating marijuana businesses in MI including cultivators and dispensaries.

Proposal 1 allows cities and towns to regulate, ban, or limit the number of marijuana businesses in the community.

This vote to legalize recreational marijuana in MI comes just 10 years after MI voters approved medical marijuana. The state will have strong regulations in place to ensure businesses are not marketing to children. Supporters say it will raise roughly $130 million in additional tax revenue each year that will go toward road repairs, schools and local governments.

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