Michigan is expected to become the tenth state to approve the legalization of recreational cannabis. In November, a referendum will allow voters to decide.
The legalization of cannabis continues to spread rapidly in the United States. In the run-up to Trump's mid-term elections in November, Michigan will hold Referendum on the legalization of cannabis.
Michigan residents will vote in a referendum to approve the sale, possession and legal cultivation of cannabis for recreational purposes similar to alcohol. The legalization activists managed to collect 277 000 valid signatures, more than the required number of signatures (252 523) in order to make a proposal for a referendum in the state.
Michigan: 10 years of medical cannabis legalization
Medical cannabis was established in Michigan in 2008. In 2012, the cities of Detroit and Flint passed a non-incriminating law. Thus it allows to hold up to 28 grams from 21 years or more.
If the bill is approved in November, up to 70 grams will be allowed for cannabis. In addition, an increase in 12 cannabis plants for domestic use and the establishment of a retail market will be established. Thus 10% of tax and 6% of sales tax will go into the coffers of the state. In Michigan, tax revenues are expected to be at least 100 million dollars a year.
"In November, Michigan voters will have the opportunity to replace the policy of prohibiting cannabis with a system of taxation and regulation," said Matthew Schweeck, Treasurer of the Michigan Chapter of the MPP, the largest advocacy group from legalization to the United States.
The initiative will allow local authorities and cities in Michigan to prevent the sale of cannabis. So similar restrictions exist in California, Maine, Nevada and Massachusetts.
Encouraging polls on the legalization of cannabis
According to a survey conducted in March about 61% of voters support the legalization and taxation of cannabis. This is an increase of 4 points compared to 2017 and 11 points compared to 2014.