The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol submitted their initiative and expect to receive the state's approval within the next few weeks. The coalition was organized by the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C. -based group that has led recent successful legalization initiatives in five other states.
The ballot committee will need more than 250,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot.
A petition to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018 will be submitted to Lansing today.
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Under the measure, adults 21 and over could legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants in their residence. It would be be taxed at a rate of 10 percent in addition to a six percent sales tax.