Voters in Michigan passed Proposal 1 in November 2018, legalizing recreational marijuana throughout the state. But it appears that several communities are headed back to the polls to prevent or override local governments’ decisions about cannabis businesses within their jurisdictions.
Voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana by over 400,000 votes last fall, but over 500 of the state’s 1,773 communities have already opted out of recreational marijuana sales according to the Detroit News. Proposal 1 gives communities that opt-out right. But it also gives residents of those communities the right to push back. Activists in at least four communities that have opted out or are expected to opt out—Allen Park, Romulus, Hudson, and Vanderbilt—are spearheading efforts to make sure recreational marijuana is available where they live. On the other side of the issue, South Haven residents are seeking signatures for a ballot proposal to ban recreational marijuana businesses in the beach community.
Despite the passage of Proposal 1 last year, it appears that the Michigan legalization battles are far from over. We will keep you updated on our blog.
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