Voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to allow recreational marijuana; as state officials have certified the efforts of a signature drive.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LANSING — Michigan voters will decide in November whether to allow recreational marijuana, after officials certified Thursday that there were enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot.
The proposal, which the bipartisan state elections board allowed to proceed on a 4-0 vote, would make Michigan the 10th state and the first in the Midwest to legalize the drug for recreational purposes. It would let people 21 and older possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants at home. A 10 percent tax on marijuana would be assessed on top of the 6 percent state sales tax.
While lawmakers could enact the citizen- initiated bill on their own, Republican House Speaker Tom Leonard said he did not expect that to happen.
“There is not much support in the caucus. I personally do not support it. So I believe this is something that ultimately the voters are going to have