MI voters to decide on recreational marijuana, anti-gerrymandering, voting options

Lloyd Doyle
November 7, 2018

Mexico's supreme court overturned pot prohibition last week, while Canada's recreational marijuana market officially opened its doors in October.

In Michigan, voters will decide whether to approve - for adults aged 21 and older - recreational use and legalize the possession and sale of up to 2.5 ounces of pot.

To learn more about the proposal and the effects of legalizing marijuana, read Mark Peterson's in-depth report. Here's a rundown of what the measures say and where the polling on them now stands.

MI now joins nine other states that have legalized marijuana for all uses: Washington, Colorado, California, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada and Vermont.

Once considered a taboo product, a growing number of Americans support marijuana legalization.

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. The initiative was engineered by local marijuana reform advocates, with no initial assistance from the big national players like NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project. There are no limits on cannabis possession, sale, and regulation in the proposal. Supporters say they expect the legislature to iron out those details if the bill passes.


The ballot measure approved Tuesday will also automatically register people to vote when they obtain or renew a driver's license or conduct some other type of business with the secretary of state's office, unless they opt out. Inside their private residence, they can have up to 10 ounces of pot and could grow up to 12 plants.

An Associated Press statistical analysis of the 2016 election results found that Michigan's state House districts had one of the largest Republican tilts in the nation, trailing only South Dakota's.

Polling on the issue has been scant, but a survey in August showed that voters supported, in general terms, an amendment to the state constitution that would legalize medical marijuana. More than half of likely voters support the measure, according to recent polling, and MI would become the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana if the measure succeeds. The amount given to one municipality is determined by how many marijuana establishments there are.

Backers of the ballot measure agreed to the compromise proposal because, in Utah, legislators have the power to overturn statutory ballot initiatives with a majority vote.

It will also be legal to give someone else 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

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