legalization one step closer to getting on the ballot in Michigan
LANSING, MI – In
Michigan the process to regulate marijuana like alcohol as appealed to
authorize recreational marijuana is now one step closer to the poll after the
Coalition publicized that it would turn in 360,000 signatures to the Secretary
of State on Monday.
During the press
conference when announcing the signature turn-in, the coalition spokesman Joash
Hovey said, “We are with no doubt that those that the turn up
will be well beyond the 252,000 valid signatures as required.”
The appeal seeks
to legalize, manage and tax recreational marijuana. Only a minimum
age of 21 would be permitted to use marijuana, however, consumption in public
or driving under the influence is prohibited and will attract a penalty.
As the group planned to pay off National
Petition Management, the collection of signatures came up at the last-minute
while the rush to fundraise $30,000 was in the process.
Collection of signatures had already been
paid for by the company.When the financial report through the Secretary of
State was documented from the committee as at the last reporting period it had
$6,297 cash at hand.
Michigan ballot proposals as put forward by Hovey raised about $8 million and so
far the group has raised and used about $1 million of the all process.
However more money
will be raised by the group to educate Michiganders on the advantages of the
appealed proposal. He confirmed that the target of the opposition is the state.
coalition spokesman Joash Hovey said that they working to draw national
interest by their side of things. They are certain that there is an opposition
groups that would be doing similarly as they are doing.
Decisions will be
made by the local government whether to admit or not to permit recreational
marijuana business within boundaries under the proposal to legalize
recreational marijuana. Those involved would benefit financially where the
medical marijuana would be subject to the regular 6 percent sales tax
plus a10 percent excise tax on retail sales.
Firstly from the
revenue, $20 million will be used to fund research analyzing the benefits of
medical marijuana for treating experts as well as cater for the cost the state
bears for controlling the program for two years. 35 percent of the money left
after those two items, will fund the state School in Aid of K-12 education, in
addition 35 percent of the funds will go to the Michigan Transportation sector to
repair roads and bridges, to municipalities where a marijuana business is
located 15 percent will be assigned to them and finally 15 percent to
respective counties where a marijuana business is located.
marijuana action to make it lawful has stuck the ground in Michigan. It’s been
a controversial issue for years
A swing of marijuana legalization
advocacy groups have teamed up to put on table the recreational consumption of
marijuana up on ballots in the 2018 election tracing a decade ago in 2008, when
the State of Michigan moved to legalize medicinal marijuana.
Brenda Frazier, a member of the NORML said that It’s becoming legal
everywhere and the project is going to
become a multi-billion dollar company in the near future and expect our
communities to identify itself with it.
According to Frazier; The
Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and the Michigan Cannabis
Coalition all came together to create a petition for the hopeful-ballot
measure, Michigan NORML, the Michigan Chapter of the American Civil Liberties
Union along with Michigan Legalize and
the Marijuana Policy Project.
The petition has an objective of legalization
of marijuana and the regulations are the same as those of alcohol, from seed to
minimum of 21-year-old age criteria will be administered on the consumption. as
well as licensing standards in addition to other state-controlled aspects which
involve taxation and the returns from marijuana sales will be given back to the
communities to cater for roads and education.
Frazier said that they are not a danger
to the community. They are going help the community by returning the favor back
to our communities. That is the reason
why they have decided there should be a city and county tax to put back into
Earlier this month the petitions failed
meeting the minimum 250,000 signatures within 180 days where they managed to
collect 100,000 signatures in seven weeks, way ahead of scheduled measure on
the ballot, therefore missed the180 day mark.
Frazier said plenty time is still
there for one to add his/her name if the person concerned with marijuana
authorization in Michigan