Some Municipalities Opt Out Of Michigan Proposition 1 On November 6, 2018, voters in Michigan approved Proposition 1 essentially legalizing marijua
Some Municipalities Opt Out Of Michigan Proposition 1
On November 6, 2018, voters in Michigan approved Proposition 1 essentially legalizing marijuana in the state. While this felt like an initial boon for cannafans in the area, news is rolling in of some local governments opting out. What does all this mean?
Join us for a quick read while we break it down.
Michigan Proposition 1: What Is Proposition 1?
Michigan Proposal one, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, was on the ballot in Michigan as an indirect initiated state statute on the 6th of November 2018. Voters approved this legislation in a show of support for reforming cannabis’ reputation.
This proposition permits those over the age of twenty one to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis (and concentrates). Furthermore, it allows licensing for activities related to commercial cannabis production and retail sales.
Michigan Proposition 1: Indirect Initiated Statutes Explained
According to Ballotpedia,
An indirect initiated state statute has the following characteristics:
(1) It is citizen-initiated, through the collection of signatures.
(2) Once the signatures are collected, the proposed law is sent to that state’s state legislature.
(3) Depending on the specific laws in that state, the state legislature typically can either choose:
Not to act on the measure at all, in which case the measure is placed on the state’s statewide ballot and the voters decide its fate.
To pass the law as written by the group that initiated it.
To amend and then pass the law.
To come up with a law of its own addressing the same subject as the citizen-initiated measure and place that law on the ballot along with the citizen-initiated measure, allowing the state’s voters to choose the version they prefer.
Michigan Proposition 1: How Can Cities And Towns Opt Out?
In spite of the passage of this initiative, municipal governments in Michigan can still decide whether they’ll allow cannabis businesses to operate legally inside their jurisdictions. Unfortunately, not all cities and towns are on board.
In fact, at least 80 Michigan municipalities decided to ban or block the sale of recreational cannabis. In some areas, this is the result of a lack of support from local voters. For instance, in the city of Troy, election results show the citizens were not in favor of this proposition. As a result, the city decided to opt out of legalization.
Other areas are slightly more positive, however cautious. In these areas, local governments are hedging their bets, waiting to see how lawmakers will implement legalization before joining the wave.
Michigan Proposition 1: How Important Is The Opt Out Issue?
At first glance, cities who opt out seem to pose little threat to overall legalization in Michigan. A closer look, however, reveals problems this may cause.
For instance, many people who supported Prop. 1 hoped the new law would eliminate underground cannabis sales by providing legal and regulated alternatives. Sadly, areas that choose to opt out undermine this vital benefit of the law. In these areas, illegal cannabis sales are expected to continue, threatening the success of Prop 1 as a whole.
If you’d like to stay up to date on the latest news regarding Prop. 1, visit the NORML blog for additional information.