Legalization in the state of Michigan went down as a true group effort accomplished by loyal supporters and residents. In November 2017 Michigan advocates submitted 365,000 signatures successfully getting legal recreational cannabis to be included in the 2018 ballot. Although it would still be some time before legal sales would begin, the future was looking promising.
The initiative was never passed by the legislature but on November 6, 2018, it came down to the ballot and Michigan voters approved “The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act” by a 56–44 margin, making Michigan the 10th state (and first in the Midwest) to legalize cannabis for recreational use.
The act officially legalized the recreational use and possession of marijuana for adults 21 years of age and older and enacted an excise tax on retail marijuana sales.
In addition, persons age 21 and over could possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis in public, up to 10 ounces at home, and cultivate up to 12 plants at home. The taxation system calls for a 10% excise tax (in addition to the state's 6% sales tax). The law went into effect on December 6, 2018, and in a historic Michigan event, the first dispensaries opened to the public on December 1, 2019.
"Throughout my career in public policy and in public office, I have fought to reform or eliminate wasteful and ineffective government programs. There is no government program or policy I can think of that has failed in such a unique way as marijuana prohibition."