Here's what Michigan's recreational marijuana proposal will look like on your Nov. 6 ballot

click to enlarge An activist encourages visitors to the National Blueberry Festival in downtown South Haven to sign a petition to legalize marijuana in Michigan. - Susan Montgomery
Susan Montgomery
An activist encourages visitors to the National Blueberry Festival in downtown South Haven to sign a petition to legalize marijuana in Michigan.

On Thursday, the state Board of Canvassers approved the language for the marijuana legalization proposal that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot in Michigan. Here's what it says:

"A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers."

The proposal would:

• Allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.

• Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require amounts more than 2.5 ounces to be secured in locked containers.

• Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them.

• Permit retail sales of marijuana and edibles subject to a 10 percent tax, dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.

• Change several current violations from crimes to civil infractions.

If Michigan voters approve the proposal, the state will become the 10th in the nation to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Michigan legalized medicinal marijuana in 2008.
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