Like most people, you probably have your own opinion on whether marijuana should be legalized for recreational use in the state of Michigan. The fact is, legalizing marijuana has been the topic of discussion for some time now and several states have already passed laws that permit their residents to use it for recreational purposes. But still, there are plenty of individuals out there who believe legalizing the “drug” would be harmful to society. So, what do you think? Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use in the state of Michigan? Well, if you live in Lansing, Okemos, or any other city within the state of MI, you will have your chance to cast your vote come November.
After a failed attempt by lawmakers to deny the approval of legalizing marijuana, the decision has now been placed on Michigan residents. On November 6th, you will be given the opportunity to vote for or against legalizing marijuana. And in the event the majority of votes is in favor of having marijuana legalized, here is what you can expect to occur.
- Anyone who is 21 years of age or older will be permitted to possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana in their home and purchase 2.5 ounces at any one time, according to Fox 2 Detroit.
- People will be able to visit local stores that are regulated and licensed to sell marijuana rather than having to buy it from a drug dealer on the street.
- The recreational marijuana that is sold will be regulated, tested, and safe.
- A 10% tax will be imposed on every purchase of marijuana. Among all that is collected in taxes, 35% is expected to go towards fixing roadways in Michigan, 35% will go to schools, and the remaining amount left over will go to municipalities that allow marijuana facilities to operate there.
Until the votes are in and counted, residents of Michigan are not permitted to ingest marijuana for recreational purposes although it is already legal for those who have a medical marijuana license to consume it. Currently, the ballot has not yet been drafted or approved, however, the news source does suggest that you consider the fine print if you choose to share your input on the matter.
Ferndale Police Chief Tim Collins will likely be voting on November 6th as he believes “the legalization would do more harm than good.” According to Collins, he believes allowing residents to purchase 2.5 ounces at one time and possess 10 ounces at home “is an enormous amount of marijuana that a person may or may not need.” But, many might disagree with Collins. The fact is, medical marijuana has helped millions of people suffering from chronic pain and debilitating conditions such as multiple sclerosis battle their symptoms as opposed to relying on opioids to get them through each day [Source: Harvard Medical School]. And perhaps many may feel being able to consume the drug at their leisure may help them combat their own struggles whether it be anxiety and or even nerve pain.
Despite the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, the decision will ultimately be left up to those who choose to vote on November 6th. Until then, possessing marijuana is still a crime and is punishable by law. Therefore, if you have been caught with marijuana in your possession and are now facing fines or even possible jail time, contact Lansing, MI criminal defense attorney Stuart R. Shafer as soon as possible. If you want to stand a chance at getting your charges reduced, you will need someone who is familiar with handling drug-related cases to support you and protect your rights.
You can reach the Law Offices Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. at:
1223 Turner Street, #333
Lansing, MI 48906