Michigan has passed Proposal 1, which will allow adults to enjoy marijuana without a medical need. This measure was passed with votes of approval from just over half of the Michigan voters that took to the polls on Nov. 6.
The vote shows the changing tide of public perception in the US, compared to just a decade ago when marijuana use was still seen in an unfavourable light.
The measure has provisions that state the legalization will occur within the month, since the intended date for the measure to take effect is 10 days after the vote of approval. Meanwhile, the aspects permitting businesses to grow and cultivate marijuana for the purpose of sale will take a bit longer to reach full effect; however, they are expected to be enacted within the year.
Cities and towns will be able to determine how marijuana can be utilized in their specific region of the state, or they can opt to ban it altogether. Meanwhile, state regulators will be tasked with issuing business licenses for anything from processors to testing labs to retail locations and microbusinesses.
The law dictates that a 10% excise tax will be levied against marijuana and related products, and this is in addition to the state’s current 6% sales tax. The projected uses of these funds include regulation costs and the funding for schools, roads, and research into the benefits of marijuana for veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The legislation states that individuals can now possess marijuana if they are over the age of 21. They also can grow up to 12 plants for personal use. Individuals can have up to 10 ounces in their residence, while they are required to secure amounts over 2.5 ounces in a locked container. Edibles are also permitted under the new legislation.
Michigan is the 10th state to legalize recreational use. Meanwhile, Utah and Missouri are the latest of 32 states to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. This reflects recent poll results that show roughly two-thirds of US residents are now supportive of the idea of marijuana use, particularly the older generations.