The Michigan Situation
As of December 6, if you’re in Michigan, age 21 and over, and carry a valid ID, you can legally possess cannabis. This is the tenth state in the US to legalize. Similar measures are being weighed in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, just to name a few. These are some of the most populous states in the country. What’s different is, Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize. This region of the country is considered more traditional, practical, and prudent, and so less daring than those on the coasts. Despite this cultural outlook, support for legalization was robust. 56% of Michiganders supported Proposition 1, the ballot initiative which ushered in legalization.
Michigan stands as a milestone, making other Midwestern states seriously reconsider their own cannabis laws, and whether or not a recreational market makes sense for them. The allowances under Michigan’s new law are significant and robust. For instance, state residents may grow up to 12 plants on their own property, and possess 2.5 ounces on their person at any time. They can have up to 10 ounces in their home as well. All told, this is the largest personal possession allowance in the country today.
The average allowance is six plants on one’s personal property and one ounce on one’s person at one time. In Michigan, as in most states, you can only consume it at home or in businesses zoned for it. Otherwise, you could be slapped with a fine of up to $100. Interestingly, landlords can ban cannabis from being smoked on their property, but not other types of consumables, such as edibles. What about employers? They may still establish their own drug policies, drug test employees, and fire those who test positive for cannabis if they see fit to.
Currently, the rules and regulations for the recreational market are still being negotiated by lawmakers. They have until December 2019 to establish the proper regulatory structure and licensing practices. Afterward, licensed retailers will be able to move product within the state. Today, an adult is allowed to give it to another as a gift, but selling it remains illegal. Meanwhile, governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer is working on having previous cannabis-related criminal records expunged for state residents, a practice that has occurred in other states that have legalized.
Changes and Implications
Despite the approval of Prop. 1, several communities have already banned rec shops. For example, Solon Township, Monroe City, and Portage city have all opted out. Although brick and mortar stores will be banned in these communities, state law allows for personal cultivation and consumption on one’s own property. What’s more, these towns may decide later to opt-in, in order to take advantage of the tax revenue streaming in.
They want to see the impacts before letting such operations take root within their borders. A state Senate Fiscal Agency analysis finds that Michigan’s tax haul could grow to $287.9 million, by the time the market has fully matured. What’s in question is the rate. Currently, the Great Lake State has one of the lowest cannabis tax rates in the country.
Michigan is also banking on cannabis tourism. The upper peninsula is already a tourist destination. Las Vegas, Colorado, and Canada all saw a dramatic uptick in tourism when they legalized. Now, Michigan is expected to become even more of a draw. As such, this breakthrough may goose Illinois lawmakers into getting their state’s rec program together. The Prairie State is currently taking feedback from interested parties and drafting legislation that’ll be introduced next year.
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