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June 04, 2018 05:30
Deadline Looms for Michigan's Legislature to Decide on Recreational Pot

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Marijuana proponents are very closely observing as deadline appears for Michigan's legislature to determine whether to act or not to act on an appeal to legitimize recreational pot.

More than 300,000 petition signatures turned in to put issue on the November ballot. Under the proposal, adults would not be permitted to use marijuana in public places nor to drive under the influence merely the initiative would legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational purpose for Michiganders over 21 years old.

The state permits and communities decide where marijuana businesses could function.

Tuesday, June 5 is the deadline for legislature to decide whether to give its approval to recreational marijuana or leave the decision to voters in November.

Josh Hovey, spokesman for the group "Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol" says that, they are having conversations with law makers but he insists the proposal should be enacted as written with no amendments. The initiative closely follows 2016 Medical Marijuana Licensing Act.

"Our position on the legislature adopting it is that there's no reason to delay ending the failure of marijuana prohibition," says Hovey.

Jeff Hank with Michigan's Grassroots Marijuana Legislation (MI Legalize) who has spent years working to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan said, "We're just watching the drama very closely."

By Sowmya Sangam

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