LANSING — Recreational marijuana will become legal in Michigan starting Dec. 6, according to an official with the Secretary of State’s Office.
Officials in Lansing stated that the State Board of Canvassers will meet Monday, Nov. 26 and the that new law will officially take effect Dec. 6.
The law takes 10 days after the election results are certified, but marijuana won’t be commercially available for sale until probably early 2020.
The state must still put regulations in place and issue licenses for recreational sales.
It’s not going to be an earth-shattering change,” Jeffrey Hank, an East Lansing attorney, told the Detroit Free Press. Hank was one of the leaders of the effort to get the legalization question on the ballot. “Adults will no longer be arrested for simple possession and use of marijuana (after certification).”
The recreational proposal, once certified, will:
-Allow individuals age 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.
-Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require that amounts over 2.5 ounces be secured in locked containers.
-Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses, including growers, processors, transporters and retailers.
-Allow municipalities to ban or restrict marijuana businesses.
-Permit commercial sales of marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles through state-licensed retailers, subject to a new 10-percent tax earmarked for schools, road and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.
Proposal 1 was approved by voters (56 percent) in Michigan in the Nov. 6 election.
Michigan will become the 10th state in the nation and the first in the Midwest to legalize marijuana for recreational use, joining California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and Washington, D.C.
Some colleges and universities in Michigan have been reminding students that marijuana is still banned on their campuses.