Although previous attempts to legalize taxed and regulated marijuana in Michigan have failed, the state now stands a fighting chance at becoming the next in line to legalize the leaf for recreational use.
The state’s Bureau of Elections announced earlier this week that the advocatees pushing to legalize marijuana in Michigan had collected 277,370 valid signatures, well over the required amount of 252,523 verified signatures to get a petition to qualify for ballot access in the November election.
Now, contingent on the approval of election officials, which is scheduled for Thursday, it seems that Michiganders could be in a unique position to become the first jurisdiction in the Midwest to allow adults to purchase cannabis products in a manner similar to alcohol.
The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA), which is the group pushing for legal adult-use marijuana in Michigan, apparently turned in over 365,384 signatures total, and they now will face the Board of Canvassers to determine whether the initiative will go on the ballot. For now, all of the agencies involved in the process seem confident that the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act is moving on to the next phase.
“This is something we’ve been waiting on for a long time. Assuming the Board of Canvassers approves our petition, it’s one milestone. But the ultimate one is in November and that’s what we’re focusing on,” Josh Hovey, spokesman for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press.
The proposal is similar to others we have watched states enact across the nation, ever since Colorado became the first state to bring adult-use marijuana out of the underground. The proposed Michigan initiative would legalize the possession of 2.5 ounces of marijuana for adults 21 and older. Citizens would also be permitted to keep up to