Michigan marijuana legalization ballot drive is certified

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s elections board says organizers of a ballot drive to legalize marijuana for recreational use collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

The Board of State Canvassers’ ruling Thursday means the measure will first go to the Republican-led Legislature. Lawmakers could enact it or let it proceed to a statewide vote.

An opponent of the legislation urged the board to reject it, saying marijuana is illegal under federal law. But a canvasser says the board’s role is ministerial, and the opposition should go to court if it wants to challenge the bill.

The proposal would let people 21 and older possess up to 2.5 ounces (71 grams) of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants at home. A 10 percent tax on marijuana would be assessed on top of the 6 percent state sales tax.

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11 comments

  • Kevin Rahe

    The state government has no business telling citizens that pot is okay to use, and there is no legitimate reason for anyone to possess such a substance other than for medicinal purposes as prescribed by a medical doctor.

    • Dakota

      Does trump let you talk with that mouth.
      Pot never hurt anyone and it a plant that had been here for centuries and even indians and rich people used it all the time
      So why dont you chill bro
      The world aint going to hell just because of weed so just relax and spark up bro

    • Unslaved

      No one has the right to stop anyone from performing an action that doesn’t harm another, regardless of what any politician or piece of paper says.

      • Michael

        Read up on the side effects of marijuana. Marijuana use DOES have harmful side effects. Especially today’s 20-30% THC marijuana vs the 5% THC marijuana from 20 years ago.

        I’m not advocating for or against its use. I’m just pointing out that it isn’t “harmless” as some people claim.

        • Unslaved

          You have a right to harm yourself as much as you want. You own your body, regardless of what any politician or piece of paper says.

          • Michael

            Actually you don’t. I have suicidal subjects committed to the hospital against their will weekly.

    • Michael

      Kevin Rahe-

      FYI marijuana is never “prescribed” by a doctor. You don’t get marijuana from a regulated pharmacy. (illegal federally and not approved by the FDA)

      A doctor only writes a note with an opinion that you have a condition that you might benefit from the use of medicinal marijuana. From there it’s back to the unregulated market where you can self medicate and assign your own dosage.

      Imagine if other meds were that way!

    • Vicki Fletcher

      I agree with what you have said but do you realize that about 70 % of those who are legal, are doing it for recreation now. A Doctor will come to a certain area, you pay him 200$ and WHAM YOU ARE LEGAL. Yes it is that easy. So why make it where everyone has to dish out the cash instead of a Regular 40 DOLLAR CO=PAY OFFICE VISIT. PPL who want to smoke will smoke. I just wonder how they will test you when you have a car accident. Alcohol has a BLOW AND GO hahahaha But we can’t do that with our WHACKY TOBAKY.. I Say just let everyone be HAPPY.