Cannabis prohibition has been a “huge failure.”
These were the words of Josh Hovey of Michigan’s Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (RMLA); offered as the organization officially submitted its petition to have recreational cannabis legalization added to the November 2018 ballot.
The RMLA delivered 360,000 signatures to the state’s Board of Canvassers today – well over the required 252,523. The organization says the signatures were collected within the state-mandated 180-day window, a requirement that kept a different legalization initiative from making it onto the 2016 ballot.
"Just like with alcohol, marijuana prohibition has been a huge failure," Hovey said in a statement.
"Instead of wasting law enforcement resources on a substance that is proven to be less harmful than either alcohol or tobacco, our initiative creates a tightly regulated system that will generate significant revenue for the state that will help fund our roads, public schools, and local governments – three of Michigan’s most under-funded needs."
If voters sign off on the RMLA proposal, Michigan residents 21 and older would be allowed to carry up to 2.5 ounces of weed and store up to 10 ounces at home. Public cannabis consumption would remain illegal.
Election officials must now verify that the submitted signatures are valid before Michigan residents can vote on the issue. This is expected to take roughly two weeks.