In Less Than Four Months Michigan Voters Have Opportunity to Legalize Marijuana

In less than four months, on November 6, Michigan voters will have the opportunity to make their state the 10th to legalize recreational marijuana.

Nine states have legalized marijuana for all uses in the U.S., and Michigan may become the 10th this November. Voters will have the option of passing an initiative that legalizes marijuana possession and personal growing for those 21 and older. Adults would be allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants in their residences, and could buy marijuana and marijuana products from a licensed marijuana stores.

If the initiative is passed, marijuana will be taxed with a 10% excise tax and 6% sales tax, which would be allocated to local governments, K-12 education, and the repair and maintenance of roads and bridges. 

According to a poll released in March and conducted by the EPIC-MRA research firm, 61% of voters say that they would vote “Yes” on the initiative if given a chance. This marked a 4% increase in support for legalization since last year, and an 11% increase since 2014.

The initiative was put forth by the Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is a partnership between the Marijuana Policy Project, the ACLU of Michigan, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Patients Rights AssociationMichigan NORMLMI Legalize, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, and lawyers from the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section.

Emily Watkins is a PhD student majoring in public policy. Emily has been a freelance editor for numerous websites, and has spent hundreds of hours volunteering to help legalize marijuana. She currently resides in Los Angeles, and can be reached at Watkins.MarijuanaHerald@Gmail.com.

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