UPDATE: Pro-marijuana group submits ballot language to State today

UPDATE (11:44 a.m.) – The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has officially submitted ballot language to the State that would legalize adult use of marijuana in Michigan. After the State Board of Canvassers meets and approves the petition language the group will begin collecting petition signatures. No date has been set for that meeting.

“Our country’s marijuana prohibition laws have failed miserably. About 20,000 nonviolent offenders are arrested annually for marijuana possession and cultivation, causing an enormous waste of taxpayer dollars and choking our already overburdened court system,” said John Truscott, spokesperson for Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

The group is hoping to place the question on the November 2018 election.

The ballot committee needs more than 250,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the statewide ballot.

Michigan voters legalized medical marijuana in 2008. Eight states have fully legalized the drug.

Under the measure, adults 21 and over could legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants in their residence. A 10 percent tax on marijuana would be assessed, in addition to the 6 percent sales tax.

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – A coalition pushing for the legalization of marijuana will submit language today to put the issue before Michigan voters next year.

The “Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” wants to put the legalized recreational use of marijuana for Michigan adults on the November 2018 ballot.

They plan to submit ballot issue language to the Board of State Canvassers today.

The groups says prosecution of marijuana offenders is unfair and time-consuming and says Michigan could make millions of dollars by taxing marijuana.

This story will be updated online and on 6 News.

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