This November, voters will get to decide whether they want to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan. 

The group behind the ballot initiative, the Coalition to Regulation Marijuana like Alcohol, says they consulted law enforcement before writing the actual proposal language. 

Spokesperson Josh Hovey says marijuana has proven to have legitimate medical value, and allowing Michiganders access to it just makes sense. 

“Just like with the prohibition of alcohol, the prohibition of marijuana has been a huge failure,” Hovey said. “We think rather than wasting law enforcement resources on a plant that you know people should have legitimate access to and putting thousands of people in jail every year unnecessarily, taxation and regulation and a strong system is the right approach.” 

The coalition believes they’ve created that strong system with their November ballot initiative. It would allow people 21 and older to have and use pot recreationally with some exceptions. 

“Our initiative protects the very same laws that are in place with very strong penalties for driving under the influence, that would remain illegal, smoking in public would be illegal, selling to minors would have very harsh penalties just as they are today,” Hovey said. 

As far as how much marijuana a person can have, as well as how growers, processors and retailers are handled, the proposal is largely modeled after Michigan’s medical marijuana laws. 

However, Hovey says medical marijuana shops and producers would have to apply for a different license if they were to get into the recreational marijuana business. 

Medical marijuana users would see a big change from the proposal when it comes to how much they’re spending. 

“If you are a medical marijuana card holder and our initiative passes then the taxation on medical marijuana would go to zero and it would be a 16 percent tax on non-medical,” Hovey said. 

Hovey added that the 16 percent tax could do a lot of good in Michigan. 

“We estimate based on the numbers in other states that we could generate anywhere from 100 to 200 million dollars every single year, and we’d divide that money into areas where the need is greatest in our state which is roads, schools and local government funding,” Hovey said. 

6 News reached out to opponent group Healthy and Productive Michigan on Tuesday, but has not heard back.

Read the full initiative language here