Michigan voters have approved a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana, making it the first state in the Midwest to do such.
Michigan now will become the 10th state in the union to legally allow the use, cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana. As with the use and sale of alcohol, legal marijuana will be restricted to individuals 21 and older.
This vote to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan comes just 10 years after Michigan voters approved medical marijuana. In 2008, 63 percent of Michigan voters approved medical marijuana, making it the 13th state to legalize medical cannabis.
It may take a month for recreational marijuana to officially become legal in the state of Michigan. It may take another year before the state issues licenses for business to legally sell marijuana.
For instance, Colorado voters approved recreational marijuana legalization in their state in 2012, but it didn’t officially become legal to sell it until January 2014. Colorado voters passed their initiative on Nov. 6, 2012 and had to wait a month until a new state amendment went into effect on Dec. 6, 2012, making marijuana officially legal in Colorado.
However, as stated, businesses were not legally allowed to sell marijuana until Jan. 1, 2014. That’s the kind of timeframe we could be looking at in Michigan. But it all depends on the legislature.
In Colorado, the state legislature had to create laws for marijuana use, driving and traveling, specific youth laws, laws for home growing, and more. As would be the case in Michigan, Colorado allows municipalities to pass their own stricter marijuana laws.
That means your city, or village or township, can decide not to allow the sale of recreation marijuana.