Voters may soon be asked to decide whether the state should no longer prohibit recreational marijuana use.

The state Board of Canvassers has approved the language of a petition that calls for the end of marijuana prohibition for anyone aged 21 years or older.

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Matthew Abel is director of Committee for a Safer Michigan, which is leading the petition drive. He says campaign volunteers are incensed by state officials who want to add regulations to the voter-approved medical marijuana law.

“The attorney general and the courts of Michigan have failed to uphold and respect the Michigan medical marijuana law, and that has energized our base immeasurably,” he says.

If the question is approved, marijuana would still be illegal under federal law.

“Generally the federal government has a rule of thumb where they tend not to prosecute anyone who has possession of less than 100 plants or 100 kilos of dry material, so generally they stick to larger cases,” he says. “But they could prosecute any individual for one single plant or one single gram of marijuana.”

Abel says he thinks ending marijuana prohibition would be just as popular with voters as the medical marijuana law. First the petition drive must collect more than 300,000 valid signatures to get the question on the ballot.

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News Hawk – 420 Warrior 420 MAGAZINE
Location: Michigan
Source: IPR
Author: Laura Weber
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