With an established medical marijuana industry already on the books, Michigan’s cannabis advocates have their eyes set on loftier goals for 2018’s midterm election with a well-funded, diversely-backed campaign for full adult recreational cannabis legalization kicking off in the coming weeks.
According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, Michigan cannabis activists held a rally at the state capitol building in Lansing today as a precursor for the year and a half long legalization effort. State lawmakers have introduced a preliminary proposal and local advocates are expected to begin collecting signatures for necessary petitions by the end of the month.
“We’re right on the precipice of being ready to launch this thing. It’s going to be very, very soon,” Jeff Irwin, political director for the Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, told the Free Press.
The legalization language hasn’t been finalized yet, but preliminary drafts would create a taxed and regulated retail system for recreational weed, with adults 21 and older able to purchase 2.5 ounces of cannabis at a time, grow their own at home allow local municipalities to make their own…