Michigan Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Michigan voters have made their state the 10th in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.

Michigan LegalizesProposal 18-1 has been given approval this evening by Michigan voters, with over 55% in support. Put forth by the Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the initiative legalizes the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, or up to 10 ounces at a private residence, for those 21 and older. The measure also legalizes the personal cultivation of up to 12 marijuana plants.

In addition, the initiative legalizes a licensed and regulated system of marijuana retail outlets, which will be supplied by licensed cultivation centers. Marijuana will receive two taxes; a 10% excise tax plus the standard 6% sales tax.

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Poll: 56% of Michigan Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Marijuana, Just 38% Oppose

According to new polling, a strong majority of likely voters in Michigan support an initiative to legalize marijuana which is being voted on this November.

The survey, commissioned by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV, shows that 56% of likely voters support Proposal 1, with just 38% opposed. Only 6% of voters are undecided, meaning that even if all of them decided they oppose the measure, it would still hold a 12% lead in support.

“What’s interesting is how consistent these numbers have been over two years,” says pollster Richard Czuba of the Lansing-based Glengariff Group Inc., which conducted the survey.  “There are hardly any undecided people left on this issue. It’s baked into the electorate.”

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Marijuana Legalization Initiative Officially Placed on November Ballot in Michigan

An initiative to legalize marijuana in Michigan has been officially placed on this November’s general election ballot.

After proponents of the initiative submitted well more than the required number of signatures, the legislature was given the option of passing it into law, or placing it on the November ballot. Lawmakers today officially chose the latter option, cementing the opportunity for voters to make their state the 10th to legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

If passed into law, the initiative would legalize the possession and personal cultivation of marijuana for those 21 and older,  while establishing a system of licensed marijuana retail outlets. The possession limit would be set at 2.5 ounces, or 10 ounces at a private residence; the cultivation limit would be 12 plants.

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Poll: 61% of Michigan Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Marijuana

Michigan voters will have the opportunity this November to legalize marijuana, and according to new polling they are poised to do so.

According to a new poll released by Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (their State of the State Survey), 61% of Michigan voters support legalizing marijuana for adults, with 34% undecided (a whopping 27% difference). Just 5% of voters are undecided on the issue, meaning if all 5% decided to oppose the issue supporters would still be in the strong  majority.

“Marijuana legalization is the only issue with fewer than 15 percent undecided”, says economics professor Charles Ballard, the director of the State of the State Survey. “Since the marijuana initiative has a large lead with relatively few undecideds, it appears likely that it will pass”.

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Marijuana Legalization Initiative To Be On November Ballot In Michigan

Enough valid signatures have been gathered in Michigan to place a marijuana legalization initiative on this November’s general election ballot.

The Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has submitted an estimated 277,370 valid signatures for their marijuana legalization initiative, according to the Bureau of Elections. This is well more than the 252,523 needed to place the proposal on the November ballot. The Board of State Canvassers is expected to officially certify the signature count later this week.

If passed into law by voters, the initiative would legalize the possession (10 ounces at home, 2.5 ounces outside of home) and personal cultivation (up to 12 plants) of marijuana for those 21 and older, while establishing a system of licensed marijuana retail outlets. Marijuana would be taxed with a 10% excise tax and a 6% sales tax, with funding going towards schools, local governments and road repairs.

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9 States Have Legalized Cannabis – Here Are the 5 States Most Likely to Become #10

Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine, California and Nevada have all legalized marijuana, and Vermont’s Legislature just approved a bill to join this list. Which state will be #10?

Below is a list (in no particular order) of the top five states we believe are the most likely to legalize marijuana next, becoming the 10th state in the U.S. to do so (which would make 20% of the entire country).

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Michigan: Enough Signatures Gathered to Put Marijuana Legalization to a Public Vote

Marijuana legalization advocates in Michigan have gathered enough signatures to place the issue to a vote of the people during the November, 2018 general election.

The Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced this week that it’s gathered over 360,000 signatures on their initiative to legalize marijuana for everyone 21 and older. This is well more than the 252,523 valid signatures required by state law to place a ballot initiative on the ballot. However, before the group can submit the signatures they must first pay $30,000 to professional signature gatherers in order to obtain the petitions, something spokesperson Josh Hovey says should be accomplished by Thanksgiving.

The proposed initiative would legalize the possession, cultivation and use of marijuana for those 21 and older, while establishing a system of licensed marijuana retail outlets. Cannabis would be taxed with a 10% excise tax and a 6% sales tax, with funding going towards schools, local governments and road repairs.

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Michigan: Over 100,000 Signatures Collected on Marijuana Legalization Initiative in Less than Two Months

In less than two months supporters of a Michigan initiative to legalize marijuana have collected over 100,000 signatures.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol must collect 252,523 signatures by May 30th of next year in order to put their marijuana legalization initiative to a vote of the people during the November, 2018 election. They are clearly on track to reach this goal, having already collected 102,425 signature in less than a two-month period (the group began collecting signatures in late May).

“The support we are seeing across the state has been fantastic” says Josh Hovey, a spokesperson for the coalition. “We are getting calls and emails everyday from people who understand that marijuana prohibition is a massive failure and asking where they can sign and how they can help. If we can keep up this momentum, we will have all signatures in four months rather than the six months required by state law.”

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The 5 States Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana Next (and by 2018)

Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana in 2012. Oregon and Alaska followed in 2014. In 2016, Massachusetts, Maine, California and Nevada joined the movement. Here’s a look at the five states most likely to be next, and by the end of next year.

 

Vermont

Last year Vermont’s Senate became the first in U.S. history to approve a measure (Senate Bill 241) that would have fully legalized cannabis for those 21 and older. Despite also being supported by the state’s attorney general and governor at the time, it failed to pass the House.

However, proponents are taking up the issue again in 2017, with the added momentum of four additional states having legalized cannabis just a few months prior.

The state’s new Governor Phil Scott unfortunately doesn’t support legalization, but is at least open to the idea, saying “I can appreciate the discussion around ending the prohibition of marijuana.”

 

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Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Passed by Michigan Legislature

Medical Cannabis DispensariesMichigan’s full legislature has given approval to a package of bills that would establish a legal framework for medical cannabis dispensaries, supplied by licensed cultivation centers. The proposals would also legalize medical cannabis edibles, to be sold by dispensaries.

Although medical cannabis has been legal in Michigan for years, the passage of the bills is vital due to a court ruling which found that dispensaries aren’t legal under the current law. The new set of laws would establish a very specific regulatory system for medical cannabis. For example, the bills would create a five-member medical cannabis licensing board, with members appointed by the governor. This board, as well as the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, would provide oversight of medical cannabis facilities

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