In November, voters will decide whether Michigan should “free the weed.” (WWMT)
In November, voters will decide whether Michigan should “free the weed.”
An initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Michigan was found April 26 to have more than enough signatures to qualify for the fall ballot.
It’s been a budding topic since 2008, when Michigan approved medical marijuana.
“I would vote to legalize marijuana,” said Isabel McMullen of Kalamazoo.
Cathy Gleason would too.
“I think it will just kind of take some pressure off of law enforcement for having to try to regulate that,” Gleason said.
So, will 2018 be the year we legalize pot?
We know that 365,000 people signed a petition in support of it, and nine other U.S. states have already approved recreational use, including Colorado and California.
“People are hungry to have a conversation about modernizing our system, so we’re not unduly criminalizing people, that we can ensure that adults have the liberty and freedom to enjoy some basic recreational opportunities that’s in line with responsibilities and their own bodies,” said state Rep. Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo.
If passed, people 21 years and older could possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of pot and grow up to 12 marijuana plants at home. The ballot measure would enact a sales tax on marijuana, and that revenue would be split among local governments, K-12 schools and road departments. Cities would be allowed to ban or limit marijuana businesses within their boundaries.
The measure also would legalize the processing and sale of industrial hemp.
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