Cannabis Legalized in East Lansing, Michigan

eastlansinglegalizedVoters in East Lansing, Michigan have officially legalized cannabis through the overwhelming passage of Proposal 1.

The initiative, which was approved with 65% of the vote, legalizes the possession, use and transfer of up to an ounce of cannabis on private property by those 21 and older. Consuming cannabis in public, and cannabis distribution, would remain illegal.

“We are pleased the voters supported us tonight,” says attorney Jeffrey Hank, who chairs the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Reform Initiative. “It’s very clear with the results tonight on Proposal 1 and the sales tax, the conversation should start tomorrow with Gov. Snyder and the Legislature on a reasonable plan to legalize, tax and regulate cannabis in Michigan.”

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Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis on Tomorrow’s Ballot in East Lansing, Michigan

mmw_pot_112108_articleAn initiative to legalize cannabis is on tomorrow’s May 5th ballot in East Lansing, Michigan.

If passed into law by voters, the initiative would legalize the possession, use and transfer of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. Consuming cannabis in public, and cannabis distribution, would remain illegal.

Similiar initiatives have been approved by voters in the Michigan cities of Saginaw, Mount Pleasant, Port Huron, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Oak Park, Hazel Park, Lansing, Ferndale and Detroit.

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Maine Secretary of State Gives Approval to Cannabis Legalization Initiative

The maine2organization Legalize Maine has received approval from Maine’s Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap to begin collecting signatures on their initiative to legalize cannabis. The group is now required to collect 61,123 valid signatures to put the proposal to a vote of the people next year.

If placed on the ballot and approved into law, the initiative would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, and would authorize cannabis social clubs where individuals could buy and use the therapeutic substance. Cannabis would be taxed at 10%.

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis on Next Week’s Ballot in East Lansing, Michigan

eastlansingOn May 5th, an initiative to legalize cannabis will be voted on in East Lansing, Michigan. Similar proposals have been approved by voters in the Michigan cities of Lansing, Detroit, Ferndale and others.

The initiative, if passed into law by voters, would legalize the possession use and transfer of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. Consuming cannabis in public, and cannabis distribution, would remain illegal.

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Over 160,000 Signatures Collected to Place Legalization Initiative on November Ballot in Ohio

In less ohiojointthan a month, advocates of an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in Ohio have collected over 160,000 signatures to place the proposal on this November’s general election ballot. The group is required to collect 305,591 signatures from registered Ohio voters by July 1st, a goal they’re well on track to make.

“We have over 160,000 signatures”, says Ian James, a sokesperson for ResponsibleOhio, the group behind the initiative; “By the end of this week, we’ll have over 200,000.”

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Comprehensive Legalization Initiative Filed in California

Alegalize2016 broad coalition of California proponents have filed the open-source voter initiative, the Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2016 (MCLR).

According to a press release; “MCLR was developed in 2014 as the first “open-source” method for advocates and experts everywhere to contribute directly to the language of California’s marijuana legalization law. In early 2015 the AFPR team and a group of activists, cannabis club operators, and attorneys began working on the 2016 language. To date the MCLR project has been the most inclusive approach ever created for marijuana legalization in California. The AFPR team will continue to take input from the community during the new public comment period and make any necessary amendments.”

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Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Arizona

An initiativeari to legalize cannabis, titled the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, was filed today in Arizona.

The proposal was filed with the Arizona Secretary of State by representatives of the Marijuana Policy Project, Safer Arizona and Arizona’s cannabis business community.

 “It was a long and deliberative drafting process involving a diverse group of stakeholders,” says Carlos Alfaro, Arizona political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There were some bumps in the road, but in the end everyone came together to produce the best possible law for Arizona. We are united in this effort to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.”

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Wichita, Kansas Decriminalizes Cannabis

Voters in jointWichita, the largest city in Kansas, have approved an initiative to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

The initiative was approved with 54% in favor, 46% opposed, roughly the same percentage that approved legalization initiatives in 2012 in Colorado and Washington State.

The initiative decriminalizes the possession of up to 32 grams of cannabis for those 21 and older, making it a simple $50 civil infraction with no possibility of jail time. Under current Wichita law, the possession of even a miniscule amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor with a potential year-long jail sentence.

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Activists Begin Collecting Signatures on Second Initiative to Legalize Cannabis in Ohio

Ohioans jillyTo End Prohibition (OTEP) began collecting signatures Monday on their constitutional amendment to legalize recreational and medical cannabis.

The group is hoping to put their initiative to a vote of the people next year, on the 2016 general election ballot. First, the group must collect 1,000 signatures from registered voters in order to submit the issue to the Ohio attorney general for review. Once they receive approval from the attorney general, they’ll be required to collect roughly 300,000 signatures to put their initiative to a vote.

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Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Maine, Advocates Aim for 2016 Vote

An initiativemaine to legalize the possession, personal cultivation and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for recreational purposes has been filed in Maine, with the goal of putting the proposal to a vote of the people in 2016.

The initiative, sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), is essentially identical to Colorado’s successful legalization initiative Amendment 64. It would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and the personal cultivation of up to six plants. In addition, it would authorize cannabis retail outlets to distribute the plant, which would be licensed and regulated by the state.

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