LANSING, Mich. – Michigan voters will decide in November whether to allow marijuana for recreational purposes after officials said Thursday that there were enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot
The proposal allowed the party authority To continue with a 4-0 vote would make Michigan the tenth state and the first in the Midwest to legalize the drug for recreational purposes. It would allow people 21 and older to own up to 71 grams of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants at home. A 10% tax on marijuana would be levied in addition to the 6% state sales tax.
While lawmakers themselves were able to pass the bill initiated by citizens, Republican Speaker of the House Tom Leonard said he did not expect that. 1
Some Republicans fear that legalization efforts could increase democratic participation in parliamentary elections.
Organizers who secured 277,000 valid signatures from 362,000 submitted cheered the progress of their proposal.
"This November, Michigan voters will eventually get the chance to eliminate Michigan's outdated marijuana laws," said John Truscott, coalition spokesman for Marijuana How to Fix Alcohol. "Just like with alcohol, it's clear that the ban is not working and that regulation and taxation are a much better solution."
The President of the Election Committee Against Legalization, Healthy and Productive Michigan, urged the board unsuccessfully to reject the decision to pot initiative. Scott Greenlee said it was "fundamentally flawed" because federal law prohibits the cultivation, distribution and possession of marijuana and is "the highest".
Although the head of the House of Representatives targeted the decision for the recreational pot, lawmakers have another option that seems unlikely. They could reject the legislation and propose an alternative in which they would both vote.
Michigan voters legalized Marijuana for medical use in 2008.
On Thursday, the State Councilor Canbersers arrested 2-2 on a separate initiative that would repeal a 53-year law requiring higher "prevalent" wages, which construction workers like for state-funded projects School building preserved. Nonunion contractors who support the wage bill, vowed to force certification, found that the board's staff had collected enough petitions.
Two Democrats voted against unions against the wage bill and voted against certification, although electoral offices recommended it. The staff said more than 262,000 out of 382,000 signatures were valid. About 252,000 were needed.
The Democrats were concerned about allegedly irregular addresses of paid circulators.
Their no votes drew condemnation from Republicans, conservative groups, and Michigan Taxpayers protecting the ballot group, which is backed by a pseudo-union organization to overturn the existing pay law.
"This is a pretty straightforward case, and they saw two ministry officials putting on a black robe and deciding that they did not like something," said Eric Doster, an election committee lawyer, who will soon sue in the state appeals court.
But Democratic advertiser Julie Matuzak said, "There is a genuine and legitimate legal conflict that needs to be resolved by either the legislature or the courts." She said that she refused the petitions because circulators should give her home address, and non-resident circulators would not have had to be able to list any address they wanted.
"I think that makes a mockery of what is a really important right of people to call their government," Matuzak said.