If you live in the United States, yesterday was Election Day. Newsflash. Democrats took control of the House, gained Governor mansions and state legislative seats, but lost some seats in Senate. Beyond that headline stuff, there were some ballot measures that have a big impact on citizens across the country. One that we will focus on is the fight to legalize marijuana. Michigan became the 10th state (plus the District of Columbia) to legalize marijuana for recreational use, while Missouri and Utah endorsed medical marijuana. North Dakota residents defeated a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana.
Michigan joins other states like Vermont, California, Colorado and Oregon as places where recreational marijuana is legal for recreational use. Marijuana will be regulated like alcohol according to Michigan Radio. Residents over 21 will soon be able to buy, use and grow weed. Adults can possess up to 2.5 ounces of pot on their person and up to 10 ounces in their home. You can have up to 12 plants in your home, but can’t sell it according to the Detroit Free Press.
It will be legalized 10 days after the election results are certified, which should be early next month. Sales may not begin until 2010 though because a regulatory framework must be set up and licenses need to be issued to sellers.
Campaigners will now focus on expunging old arrest records.
There can still be changes to the law in the future, but this is the general framework. There is a 10% excite tax on top of the 6% sales tax. It is the lowest of the existing taxes on recreational marijuana.