LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former federal prosecutor who is running to be Michigan’s attorney general took what he said is a “stronger stance” on marijuana legalization Wednesday, backing a proposed 2018 ballot measure that would legalize cannabis for adult use.
Pat Miles, who is locked in a fight for the Democratic nomination, issued a statement outlining his shift on the issue less than six weeks before the party’s de-facto nominating convention.
Pat Miles, who faced criticism for prosecuting cannabis cases as a US Attorney, now embraces Michigan’s legalization initiative.
“After careful consideration, and dialogue with activists and voters across the state, I’ve decided to take a stronger stance on marijuana legalization,” he said. “While I’ve said so far that this issue is up to the voters of Michigan, which it most certainly is, I’ve reviewed the language of the ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol, and find it to be very thoughtful and well-written, and I support it.”
Miles was the U.S. attorney for western Michigan for five years during the Obama administration. He has faced criticism from activists for prosecuting cannabis cases and not embracing the initiated legislation. The proposal, which is being reviewed by the state after organizers submitted 365,000 signatures in November, would let people 21 and older possess up to 2.5 ounces (71 grams) of cannabis and grow up to 12 plants at home. A 10 percent tax on cannabis would be assessed on top of the 6 percent state sales tax.
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Miles’ main rival for the Democratic nomination, lawyer and former Wayne County assistant prosecutor Dana Nessel, has supported the legalization and regulation of cannabis. Medical marijuana use already is