Michigan voters have officially made their state the 10th in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
Proposal 18-1 has been given approval this evening by Michigan voters, with over 55% in support. Put forth by the Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the initiative legalizes the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, or up to 10 ounces at a private residence, for those 21 and older. The measure also legalizes the personal cultivation of up to 12 marijuana plants.
In addition, the initiative legalizes a licensed and regulated system of marijuana retail outlets, which will be supplied by licensed cultivation centers. Marijuana will receive two taxes; a 10% excise tax plus the standard 6% sales tax.
With the passage of Proposal 18-1, Michigan joins nine other states that have legalized marijuana for all uses. Those states are Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine, California, Nevada and Vermont. Of these states, only Vermont doesn’t allow marijuana retail outlets, and only Washington doesn’t allow marijuana to be cultivated for personal use.
For more information on Proposal 18-1, including the full text of the measure, click here.