Voters in Michigan will have the chance to approve recreational marijuana for the state, as a legalization initiative now dubbed Proposal 1 will appear on the November ballot. The Board of State Canvassers assigned the number to the voter initiative on Thursday. If passed, the measure would legalize the use and sale of recreational cannabis by adults 21 and older. The initiative also creates a legal framework for commercial sales and the taxation of cannabis businesses.
Mark Passerini of the Om of Medicine provisioning center in Ann Arbor said in a campaign update from the National Cannabis Industry Association that legalizing cannabis for adults would be an economic boon for Michigan. He noted that legalization would create new businesses and jobs while saving and generating tax funds.
“Locking people up for growing or consuming a plant is simply not the best use of critical and limited tax dollars,” Passerini said. “Many municipalities and states across the country have recognized this fact and passed decriminalization ordinances in order to use law enforcement resources on serious crimes. Communities and states that embraced legalization have also witnessed economic development through the creation of new jobs and much needed tax revenues.”
Passerini also said that