LANSING, MI – The election results are in and the voters have spoken. Michigan has become the 10th state to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older. With 57 percent of precincts in the state reporting, the campaign is up 58 to 42 percent – enough for the Proposal 1 campaign to claim victory despite significant last minute statewide ad spending by the opposition campaign.
“The Proposal 1 campaign boiled down into one of fact versus fear,” said Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Spokesperson Josh Hovey. “The data from the nine other states to have legalized marijuana made clear that regulation and taxation are a better solution. Legalization of marijuana will end the unnecessary waste of law enforcement resources used to enforce the failed policy of prohibition while generating hundreds of millions of dollars each year for Michigan’s most important needs.”
The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice found that teen use, high school graduation rates and dropout rates have remained flat since Colorado voters approved marijuana legalization in 2012. The American Journal of Public Health found that auto accident fatalities are no different in Colorado and Washington compared to states without legalization. And research from Washington State University found that police in Washington and Colorado are solving crimes faster than their peers in states without marijuana legalization.
“Michigan is now the second largest state in the country to legalize marijuana for adults,” said Marijuana Policy Project Deputy Director Matt Schweich, who also served as campaign director. “This is a victory for sensible marijuana laws that serve the interests of public health and public safety, and the Marijuana Policy Project is proud to have helped lead this campaign.”
With Proposal 1 passing, personal possession and home cultivation will become legal for Michigan adults 21 and older 10 days after the election results are certified by the Secretary of State. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will then have two years to develop the business licensing regulations and application rules. The first adult-use marijuana businesses can be expected to open to Michigan residents by 2020.
“Even with Proposal 1 passing, it’s important for Michigan residents to keep in mind that public consumption and driving under the influence remains strictly illegal. Workers should also keep in mind that Proposal 1 does not impact businesses drug-free workplace policies,” said Hovey.
Other regulations included in Proposal 1 include:
- Each community will decide for itself how it wants to regulate marijuana businesses. Local governments can cap the number of licenses allowed or ban marijuana businesses altogether.
- LARA will ban the use of edibles that appeal to children and require that marijuana products are sold in childproof packages.
- LARA will also set potency limits for edibles and establish package labeling requirements.
For the full language of the Proposal 1 ballot initiative, please visit www.RegulateMI.org/Initiative.
For more information about the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, please visit RegulateMI.org.
Josh Hovey [email protected] C: 517-295-3496