Lansing (WJRT) - (11/20/17) Michigan voters could be able to decide on a recreational marijuana proposal next year. A ballot committee has turned in more than 360-thousand petition signatures.
Michigan already allows for the use of marijuana for medical reasons.
The proposal would make it the ninth state to legalize the drug for recreational use.
Adults 21 and older could possess up to 2-and-a-half ounces of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants at home. A 10% tax on marijuana would be assessed.
The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in the signatures to state election officials in Lansing today. The state Board of Canvassers approved ballot language May 18. Shortly afterward the campaign began its 180-day statewide signature collection effort.
Supporters say the ballot proposal will generate significant revenue for the state that will help roads and schools.
We spoke with folks about how they feel about recreational marijuana.
"I actually am for it because I have personal experience with other folks being incarcerated and been in the legal system for not so dangerous drugs like marijuana," one man said.
"I consider it just a natural product. And I personally think that here are much more dangerous --for the health-- much more dangerous substances like alcohol and tobacco," a woman told us.
"I never felt strongly either way about it. It's just someone else's personal business. I felt if they wanted to do it, they can," said another man.
The state is expected to take a couple months reviewing the petitions.