In 2008, Michigan became one of 29 states that have passed measures fully legalizing or decriminalizing medical marijuana. Since that vote, conversations on what that ballot proposal means for Michigan at the federal level, how it should be regulated by the state and local governments and whether Michigan should go another step further and legalize recreational marijuana use have persisted.
Eight states — Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Nevada, Alaska, Maine and Massachusetts — and Washington, D.C. have voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Michigan could join that group in 2018 if a petition to regulate recreational marijuana gains enough signatures to make the ballot and is approved by voters.
Every state that’s made moves to legalize or regulate marijuana are technically in violation of federal law, which classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug and prohibits sale or use. But a largely hands-off approach to state marijuana activity from the Obama administration has allowed state-legalized industries to blossom.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has suggested he’d like to take a different approach to states that have legalized marijuana use, but it’s unclear whether Congress and public sentiment will let that happen. Here’s a summary of what the Trump administration has said so far about marijuana, and what that means for Michigan and other states with marijuana-friendly policies.