Michigan Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana
Michigan state Senator Coleman Young II has introduced Senate Bill 0813 and Senate Joint Resolution O. The purpose of the bill is to regulate and tax marijuana while the join resolution proposes “an amendment to the state constitution of 1963, by adding section 40a to article IV, to
decriminalize the possession and use of [marijuana].”
Young introduced this bill “in the interest of law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes”.
“In the interest of allowing law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes, generating revenue for education and other public purposes, and individual freedom, the legislature finds and declares that the use of [marijuana] should be legal for individuals 21 years of age or older and taxed in a manner similar to alcohol.”
The bill aims to place a sales tax at:
- $50 per ounce of marijuana flowers
- $25 per immature marijuana plant
- $15 per ounce of marijuana other than marijuana flowers
Similarly to Vermont, the bill enacts a “possession limit”. The possession limit described in the bill is as follows:
* If the marijuana produced by the plants exceed 1 ounce, it must be possessed in the same place where the plants are “cultivated”.