Just days after legislation to legalize cannabis was announced in Michigan’s House of Representatives by Representative Jeff Irwin, activists have officially began their signature gathering effort in an attempt to put a legalization initiative on next year’s November ballot.
MI Legalize kicked off their signature gathering campaign at a Saturday event at the Superior Dome. The group has 180 days to collect 252,523 signatures to place their initiative on next year’s presidential election ballot. If they’re successful, and the proposal is passed into law, anyone 21 and older in Michigan would be legally allowed to possess and use cannabis for recreational purposes; they’d also be authorized to cultivate up to 12 plants for personal use, and purchase cannabis from state-licensed retail outlets.
The measure, which establishes a 10% cannabis excise tax, would allow localities to prohibit cannabis outlets, but would give voters the explicit opportunity to reverse such action.
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