The Board of State Canvassers in Michigan just approved petitions from advocates who want to legalize recreational marijuana use and repeal the state’s prevailing wage law.
The next step is to start collecting signatures in order to send the bills to lawmakers and then to potential voters.
The ballot committees re required to gather 252,000 valid voter signatures within six months in order to submit the bills ot the legislature.
Under the legislation, adults 21 and oler could be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana legally and can grow up to 12 plants at home. A 10% marijuana tax would also be assessed next to a 6% sales tax.
As the legislature is Republican dominated, it may be a measure that will end up going to the statewide vote in November of next year.
There’s already opposition by a committee called Keep Pot out of Neighborhoods and Schools.
“Now is not the time for the recreational use of pot to be foisted upon Michigan, and this proposal definitely puts our kids at risk,” the committee said in a statement.
Gary Gordon, an attorney for the group, said the legislature is “misleading” because people who grow their own marijuana could “do anything they want with the plants.”