Michigan has made recreational marijuana legal; the state passed Proposal 1 during yesterday’s Midterm Elections.
Recreational Marijuana Michigan: Proposal 1
A contentious issue, the proposal was one of the most talked about issues on the ballot. However, despite a strong opposition, the law passed, winning 55% of the votes.
Proposal 1 legalizes a licensed and regulated system of marijuana retail outlets, with supply coming from licensed cultivation centers.
Marijuana will have two taxes; a 10% excise tax plus the standard 6% sales tax.
These taxes will reportedly generate an estimated $262 million USD in tax revenue for the state by 2023.
The state will now begin to implement its licensing system through the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. This is necessary to allow dispensaries and cultivators to operate within Michigan. However, it will cost the state millions of dollars to create.
Michigan’s Cannabis Rules
Under Proposal 1, anyone over 21 (inclusive) can legally carry 2.5 ounces of marijuana on their person. This includes visitors to the state. Adults will be able to buy, possess, and use marijuana. Marijuana edibles are also allowed, as is growing up to 12 marijuana plants in the homes for personal use.
Restrictions include keeping any amount over 2.5 ounces locked in a container, with 10 ounces being capped as the limit for marijuana kept in the home.
Proposal 1 will also change the majority of marijuana-related crimes to civil infractions.
Now recreational marijuana is legal in ten states across the US, despite remaining illegal at the federal level.
Elsewhere from the Midterm Elections
The Midterm Elections also brought more positive movements for cannabis. The states of Utah and Missouri voted to make medical marijuana legal.
In Missouri, the vote passed with 66% in favor. Doctors will now be able to recommend medical cannabis for any condition they see fit. There is no list of qualifying disorders.
In one of America’s most conservative states, Utah, the vote passed narrowly at 53% to 47%.
These three new additional states, each favoring their respective forms of marijuana legalization, will serve to encourage legality at the federal level.
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