MI voters legalize recreational marijuana use

Aaron Brown
November 7, 2018

Three U.S. states are on track to loosen laws governing the use of recreational and medicinal marijuana as the world's largest economy continues to increasingly liberalize cannabis usage.

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The primary opposition group to Michigan's ballot initiative on whether to legalize recreational marijuana has conceded defeat.

Allow individuals 21 and older to; purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.

For instance, Colorado voters approved recreational marijuana in November of 2012, but the amendment to change the law didn't go into effect until December 2012.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol says public consumption and driving under the influence are not legalized, and no commercial sales will happen until businesses are licensed and approved.

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MI is significantly less restrictive than other states with legalized weed - while most others only allow residents to possess up to one ounce of bud, MI residents will be allowed to hold up to 2.5 ounces.

Before Tuesday's vote, 22 American states had adopted comprehensive medical marijuana programs.

Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require amounts over 2.5 ounces be secured in locked containers.

Municipalities previously had to "opt in" to allow dispensaries but under the Proposal 1, municipalities have to "opt out". Violations of the law would result in civil infractions or criminal charges, depending on the severity of the offense.

So each city can decide whether or not to allow the sale of recreational marijuana within its borders. Its proposal also levies a 10 percent sales tax on pot sales. Scott Greenlee is the president of Healthy and Productive Michigan.

Selling marijuana without a license, or selling marijuana to a minor, would still be criminal and would hold the same harsh penalties as today.

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