Michigan Voters To Decide On Cannabis Legalization In November
Michigan voters will have to decide in November if they want to legalize cannabis in their state. Back in April, the State Board of Canvassers decided that cannabis advocates had gathered enough signatures on their initiative to legalize weed in the state for it to make it to the ballot. There ensued a 40-day deadline for lawmakers to take issue with the initiative. No such issue was taken up within the 40-day period and now, the initiative will be on the November ballot.
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If the vote passes, the possession and sale of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis would be made legal in the state of Michigan for adults 21 and over. There would also be a 10 percent tax on all weed sales on top of the regular 6 percent sales tax. Revenue from the taxes collected would be used to fund public education, roads, and be split between local governments.
Medical cannabis has been legal in Michigan since 2008. If Michigan voters vote yes, the state will become the 10th in the country to legalize cannabis for recreational use.
Republicans worried that the cannabis question would result in a larger voter turnout that could swing the election in their opponent's favor. In an effort to avoid this, lawmakers attempted to pass a bill in the House first, however, there was not enough support for the bill to push it through.
It seems the fate of recreational cannabis now rests with the people. It is estimated that over half of Michigan voters already favor legalization which could be indicative of November's result.