Michigan: Two Initiatives to Legalize Cannabis Approved by State Officials

legalizemeyoTwo separate campaigns aiming to legalize cannabis in Michigan have received approval from the state to begin collecting signatures on their initiatives, with both groups aiming for the 2016 general election ballot.

The Board of State Canvassers on Thursday approved petitions from the Michigan Cannabis Coalition (MCC) and the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee (MCCLRC). Both groups will now have 180 days to collect theĀ 252,523 signatures from registered Michigan voters in order to put their initiatives to a vote in November, 2016.

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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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Majority of Voters in Michigan Support Cannabis Legalization, According to New Poll

Fifty-onemichigan percent of likely Michigan voters say they would support the legalization of cannabis for recreational use if it were to be regulated and taxed like alcohol, while 45 percent oppose the idea, according to the latest statewide poll conducted by Marketing Resource Group (MRG).

According to a press release from MRG; “Geographically, the strongest support came from the Suburban Wayne County area (57 percent support, 41 percent oppose) and Macomb County (52 percent approve, 40 percent oppose). The City of Detroit (44 percent support, 50 percent oppose), West Michigan (48 percent support, 46 percent oppose), and the Tri-City Thumb area (49 percent support, 48 percent oppose) are split on the issue and voters in the Upper Peninsula (26 percent support, 69 percent oppose) oppose the idea.”

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