In recent months, you may have heard about efforts to collect signatures for a recreational marijuana ballot initiative in Michigan. Well, those efforts have come to fruition.
The Michigan state elections board officially approved an initiative for this November's election that will allow voters to decide whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana. If it passes, Michigan would become the 10th state (assuming another state doesn't legalize it before this November) and would become the first one in the Midwest to do so. The proposal would allow anyone 21 and over to possess 2.5 ounces of cannabis and grow up to 12 plants in their home, and would establish a 10 percent marijuana tax at dispensaries on top of the state's current six percent sales tax.
Most people believe Michigan voters will likely approve the initiative. The state passed its medical marijuana initiative with 63 percent of voters' approval in 2008, and recent polls show around 60 percent support for the current initiative.
Michigan would also be a major boom for the marijuana industry. If the initiative passes, the state would become the second largest to allow recreational cannabis behind only California. In fact, Michigan has the second most medical marijuana users in the country right now, behind only California.
So it looks like this November marijuana activists will have something to celebrate about in at least one state.
(h/t Crain's Detroit Business)