LANSING, MI — Supporters of an initiative aiming to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan turned petition language into the state on Friday and are aiming to get it on the ballot in 2018.
“Our goal is to end prohibition in Michigan. We think just like alcohol, it is a failed effort, and we think there’s a better way to do it,” said Josh Hovey, spokesman for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a group that has formed to back the effort.
The language the group plans to circulate would legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use. Those over 21 could use marijuana, but would still be unable to consume it in a public place or drive under the influence.
Local governments would get to decide whether or not to allow these businesses within their boundaries, and then the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs would regulate those businesses.
“Communities that don’t want these kinds of businesses in their communities can say no,” said Jeff Irwin, a former member of the House of Representatives and political director for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. [Read more at MLive]