Marijuana referendum opposition concedes defeat, Proposal 1 Passes

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Recreational marijuana advocates were lighting up and passing joints in Detroit after a ballot proposal passed to legalize pot. MI is now the 10th state to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older. The Yes on 3 campaign says the state is the first "to successfully defend transgender rights by popular vote".

Voters in four states are casting ballots on measures to legalize marijuana Tuesday, further testing the Trump administration's stance on the subject following the federal government's reversal of Obama-era law enforcement policies. Possession of marijuana by minors would be treated the same as possession of alcohol.

"Western and northeastern states have led the way on legalizing marijuana, but the victory in MI powerfully demonstrates the national reach of this movement", said Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, in a statement. The proposal also creates an additional license for marijuana "microbusinesses" for grows of up to 150 plants, and individuals can grow up to 12 marijuana plants per household.

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

It also changes the current related violations from crimes to civil infractions.

Municipalities previously had to "opt in" to allow dispensaries but under the Proposal 1, municipalities have to "opt out".

In Michigan, passage of Proposal 1 would legalize marijuana use and possession for adults 21 while paving the way for the state to set up a system for taxing and regulating retail sales. Following in Colorado's footsteps, the proposal will allow adults 21 and over to purchase and possess weed, and will tax cannabis products. Scott Greenlee is the president of Healthy and Productive Michigan. The state will have strong regulations in place to ensure businesses are not marketing to children.

Approval of Proposal 1 comes ten years after MI voters approved medical marijuana.