Cannabis legalization is way, way overdue in Michigan. Michigan should have legalized cannabis in 2016, but unfortunately, political monkeywrenching prevented it from happening. Thankfully, the wait is over. Voters in Michigan have approved Proposition 1 which legalizes cannabis in Michigan for adult use according to media reports.
Congratulations Michigan, you did it! A huge kudos to all of the cannabis activists that made it possible. Michigan will now take its rightful place on the list of legal adult-use cannabis states. Below is a summary of the initiative via the initiative’s campaign website:
Proposal 1 allows adults aged 21 and older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow up to twelve marijuana plants and/or possess up to ten ounces of marijuana (provided that any amount greater than 2.5 ounces is stored under lock and key).
Proposal 1 establishes a legal framework for licensing and regulating marijuana businesses in Michigan including cultivators and dispensaries. The initiative requires all marijuana and marijuana products to be tested for safety and includes strict tracking requirements to ensure that marijuana is not diverted into the unregulated market.
Proposal 1 allows cities and towns to regulate, ban, or limit the number of marijuana businesses in the community.
Proposal 1 establishes a 10% tax on marijuana products in addition to Michigan’s 6% sales tax. Proposal 1 will generate $738 million in tax revenue by 2023, according to the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency. The revenue will be allocated to roads, schools, local governments, and PTSD research ($20 million each year for the first two years).
Proposal 1 directs Michigan’s state government to create regulations on: labeling and packaging of marijuana and marijuana products; and the advertising and marketing of marijuana, marijuana products, and marijuana businesses. The state will have strong regulations in place to ensure businesses are not marketing to children.
Proposal 1 allows for the cultivation of industrial hemp, an important agricultural crop that can be used to produce a variety of commercial products, including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.
Proposal 1 does not allow people under the age of 21 to possess or purchase marijuana.
Proposal 1 does not allow anyone to drive while impaired by marijuana.
Proposal 1 does not allow public consumption of marijuana.
Proposal 1 does not change the existing medical marijuana program in Michigan.
Proposal 1 does not allow individuals to sell marijuana unless they are employees of a licensed and regulated marijuana business. Unregulated sales will remain illegal.
- Proposal 1 does not allow more than twelve marijuana plants in any single residence. The maximum number of plants is twelve regardless of how many adults live in that residence.
- Proposal 1 does not allow marijuana businesses to cultivate, process, sell, or display marijuana or marijuana products anywhere that is visible to the public.
When will Proposition 1 take effect in Michigan? Below is a summary from Ballotpedia:
“According to state law, ballot initiatives go into effect 10 days after results are certified. Michigan results are certified about three weeks after Election Date. Therefore, legalization of marijuana would likely occur in December 2018.”