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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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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Michigan Panel Recommends Adding 10 New Conditions to State’s Medical Cannabis Program

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Review Panel has recommended adding 10 new conditions to the list that qualifies an individual to become a legal medical cannabis patient.

The panel was recently presented with 22 medical conditions to consider adding to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program, which was approved by voters in 2008. Out of these 22, the panel recommended that the state add 10 to the program. These include chronic pain, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis, arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Tourettes syndrome and spinal cord injury.

The board’s recommendations now go to Shelly Edgerton, director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Edgerton has until July 10 to make her final decision.

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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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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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Michigan Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Michigan Michigan Governor Rick Snyder today signed a trio of bills (House Bills 4209, 4210 and 4827) that will legalize licensed and regulated medical cannabis dispensaries, which will be authorized to sell cannabis and cannabis-infused products (such as edibles) to qualified patients.

“This new law will help Michiganders of all ages and with varying medical conditions access safe products to relieve their suffering,” said Governor Snyder.

“We can finally implement a solid framework that gives patients a safe source from which to purchase and utilize medical 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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Michigan Senate Passes Bills to Legalize Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and Edibles

By Emily Lawler, Michigan Live, Republished with Special Permission

michiganThe Michigan Senate on Thursday moved suddenly to legalize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries and non-smokable forms of the drug, discharging the bill from committee consideration and taking it up on the floor.

The bills work in concert to address the effects of court rulings that have left marijuana dispensaries and edibles in a legal grey area.

The bills would legalize and regulate dispensaries, drawing on the state’s alcohol regulations as a guide. The bills would also establish a “seed-to-sale” tracking system for medical marijuana.

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