Benefits of Medical Marijuana
With a last-minute infusion of cash and support that was baked into Proposal 1 from the start, voters decided to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use Tuesday by a comfortable 56-44 percent margin, making Michigan the first state in the Midwest to free the weed.
But voters shouldn’t conclude that marijuana will be readily available or an instant presence on the streets of cities across the state.
Shelly Edgerton, director of the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, said Wednesday that the department has started taking a deep dive into the ballot proposal language and will hopefully be able to get the adult use market up and running within a year.
“We’ve learned a lot with the medical marijuana regulations and we’ll be able to take a lot of those pieces and replicate them for the rec side,” she said, noting that although she’s an appointee of Gov. Rick Snyder, she would be willing and happy to stay on in the new administration of Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer.
“I’d stay on because I think we have a lot left to do,” she said.
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