Michigan: Legislation to Legalize Cannabis Announced

Michigan Representative Jeff Irwin.
Michigan Representative Jeff Irwin.

Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin has announced that he will soon file legislation to legalize the possession and state-sanctioned distribution of recreational cannabis.

“It makes sense from a public safety and public health perspective to bring that activity into the regulated space where we can make sure that consumers are protected”, says Irwin.

“You’ve got people on the left who are saying that people should not be having their lives ruined over something like marijuana and you’ve got people on the right who are saying marijuana prohibition and the war on drugs is the granddaddy of all big government programs”.

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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 the 252,523 signatures from registered Michigan voters in order to put their initiatives to a vote in November, 2016.

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