Legal recreational marijuana could become a reality in Michigan in the near future — if Michigan voters say “yes,” in November.
In late April, the Michigan Board of Canvassers certified a successful ballot initiative by The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol. This group gathered 365,384 signatures — 112,861 more than necessary.
The act will appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 6 ballot, for voters to decide.
The act, if passed, would allow someone over the age of 21 to buy or sell 2.5 ounces of marijuana at a time, and make derivatives like hemp.
It does not allow it to be used or grown in the public eye. Like with the Medical Marihuana Act, municipalities can vote to disallow this activity in their city, town or village. See sidebar for more information.
Attorney Denise Pollicella has practiced marijuana law for nearly 10 years, and watched marijuana, and medical marijuana grow in visibility and acceptance. Now, Michigan will be able to vote on whether recreational marijuana can be grown, sold and used in the state.
“It’s crazy to me,” she said. “When you step back and look at this historically, it’s a huge deal.”
From the legal standpoint, she said the implementation will be “crazy,” because it would have to interact with the existing Medical Marihuana Act of 2008. Some aspects of each are in conflict with the other.
There’s also the fact that marijuana is illegal at the federal level. This becomes an issue should the federal government decide to come in and enforce it. Pollicella doesn’t believe this administration will do anything about it.
Still, anyone trying to get into cultivating marijuana will have