Michigan residents will decide whether to legalize the sale, possession and use of cannabis for recreational purposes in November, after a state board certified supporters had turned in enough signatures to qualify for the fall ballot.
The state Board of Canvassers received 277,000 signatures which is 24,477 more signatures than what was required to qualify for the ballot.
If passed, this would allow adults, 21 years of age or older to possess and grow small amounts of cannabis for recreational use. This initiative would implement a new tax structure that will impose another 10% tax on top of the current 6% retail sales tax.Similar to other cannabis legal states, this initiative would give local jurisdictions the option to prohibit cannabis retail stores within their borders.
“This November, Michigan voters will have the opportunity to replace the failed policy of cannabis prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation,” said Matthew Schweich, who heads the Marijuana Policy Project and serves as treasurer of the Michigan group supporting the initiative.
Opponents stated they were not surprised that supporters had gathered enough signatures, but still plan on informing the public of the negative impacts cannabis has on their communities. If passed, Michigan will be the 10th state to legalize cannabis in the United States for recreational purposes.