Is recreational marijuana about to be legalized in Michigan?
Members of the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol believe so.
State lawmakers, however, weigh in both ways on the issue.
Earlier this month, the coalition turned in several cases of signed petitions to get the referendum either approved, or placed on a ballot for voters to decide.
About 350,000 people signed the petitions, nearly 100,000 above the 252,000 signatures the state requires for the proposal to be looked at.
The proposal is simple in theory; to make marijuana legal and regulate it the same way as alcohol and other controlled substances.
Some state lawmakers don’t see it that way.
I’m for recreational use of marijuana,” said Rep. Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park), whose district includes parts of Dearborn Heights and Southgate. “I like the idea to regulate it like alcohol.”
Prior to being elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, Liberati served as the president of the Allen Park Board of Education for seven years.
He said the idea is not that simple and depending on how the proposal is written, he likely will vote against it.
”I also believe there is medicinal value in marijuana,” he said.
However, because of the way laws are worded and because he is against taxing medication he voted no on many of the medicinal marijuana laws.
“I was one of 11 no votes on that,” Liberati said. “I support it all but the excise tax.”
He said he’s against taxing medicine that is prescribed by a doctor in any form, and because of that he hasn’t supported current laws and won’t support any new laws that don’t address that issue.
“From my understanding, a lot of those (medical) regulations will be transferred over,” he said. “No medicine that I know of