A Closer Look at Proposal 1, initiative to legalize recreational marijuana

Here's what could happen if proposal 1 is approved by Michigan voters

By Dave Bartkowiak Jr.

Michigan voters will be asked if they want to legalize recreational marijuana when they head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. 

Here is a closer look at the language that will appear on the ballot, followed by what happens next. Keep in mind you may see Proposal 18-1 referred to as "proposal 1" or "prop 1." 

Official ballot language:

A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers.

This proposal would:

  • Allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.
  • Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require amounts over 2.5 ounces be secured in locked containers.
  • Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them.
  • Permit retail sales of marijuana and edibles subject to a 10 percent tax, dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads, and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.
  • Change several current violations from crimes to civil infractions.

If the proposal is approved, then the Michigan legislature has to create the law. If Michigan law is changed accordingly, then you may have these questions: 

How would you buy marijuana?

You would be allowed to purchase the allowed amount of marijuana from a licensed business. Businesses would be licensed by the state. The initiative allows cities to decide if they want to allow these businesses in their municipality. 

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