DETROIT — Michigan voters on Tuesday made their state the first in the Midwest to legalize leisure marijuana, passing a poll measure that may permit individuals 21 or older to purchase and use the drug and placing conservative neighboring states on discover.
Three different states had marijuana-related measures on their ballots. North Dakota voters determined leisure pot wasn’t for them, whereas voters in Missouri handed one among three unrelated measures to legalize medical marijuana. Utah voters additionally have been contemplating whether or not to permit medical marijuana and to be a part of the 31 different states which have already executed so.
Including Michigan, 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized leisure marijuana. And Canada lately did so. But the passage in Michigan provides it a foothold in Middle America and will trigger pressure with neighboring Indiana and Ohio, which overwhelmingly rejected a 2015 legalization measure.
“Troopers that work along the state line are very cognizant of what’s going on up north,” stated Indiana State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz, a spokesman for the company’s Fort Wayne Post, which stretches north to the Michigan line.
He stated if the referendum handed, “we know some of our citizens are going to go over to Michigan to partake.” And those that return both underneath the affect or in possession of pot might study the arduous method that it stays unlawful in Indiana.
“We’ll enforce our laws as written,” added Galaviz, a Michigan native. “If you’re traveling to or through our state, we really don’t want you bringing it down here.”
The Michigan regulation will take impact in a few month, because the election first has to be licensed by the Board of State Canvassers. Ten days after that certification, individuals age 21 or older might be allowed to have, use and develop the drug, however the course of of building laws for its retail sale might take about two years.