Lansing, MI – The Michigan State Board of Canvassers approved today the final ballot language that will voters the chance to legalize and regulate marijuana for Michigan adults 21 and older. The issue will appear ballots for the November 6th general election and reads as follows:
A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers.
This proposal would:
- Allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.
- Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require amounts over 2.5 ounces to be secured in locked containers.
- Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them.
- Permit retail sales of marijuana and edibles subject to a 10% tax, dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.
- Change several current violations from crimes to civil infractions.
Should this proposal be adopted?
Following the approval of the ballot language, Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol spokesperson Josh Hovey issued the following statement:
"The prohibition of marijuana wastes millions in taxpayer dollars and takes away law enforcement resources that could otherwise be put toward more important priorities like violent crime and the opiate epidemic.
This ballot language makes clear that Proposal 1 will create a strongly regulated system that gives adults 21 and older the personal freedom to consume without fear of arrest while generating millions in new dollars for roads, schools and local governments -- three of our state's most under-funded needs.
What this language does not explain, however, is that there are many more restriction in place than what voters will read on their ballots. In addition to giving communities the authority to restrict or ban marijuana businesses: driving under the influence will remain strictly illegal; businesses will retain their right to test and ban their employees from using; and public consumption would still be strictly illegal.
We're confident that voters will see Proposal 1 for the responsible initiative that it is and vote yes because it builds on the best practices of other states that have come before us."
Voters are encouraged to learn more about the initiative by visiting www.RegulateMI.org.
For more information about the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, please visit RegulateMI.org.
Josh Hovey [email protected] C: 517-295-3496