Election 2018: Michigan voters legalize marijuana, approve redistricting process, change voting laws

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Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved all 3 statewide ballot proposals that’ll have sweeping effects.

Michigan residents voted to approve all 3 proposals, but one of the most talked about has been Proposal 1, the legalization of marijuana in Michigan.

Michiganders voted in favor of the proposal, making our state the first in the mid-west to legalize the use of recreational pot.

Proposal 1 allows adults over 21 years old to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for personal use.

It also allows households to have up to 10 ounces and 12 plants.

The money raised by marijuana sales will fund schools, roads, and local governments.

“We’re going to be solving crimes faster, using our law enforcement forces more efficiently and also on the other hand generating millions of dollars in tax revenue for our roads, our schools, and our local governments,” says Spokesperson for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, Josh Hovey.

“We’re not sure what course of action we’re going to take at this point. we know that there are well over a million citizens who stood with us tonight who are very concerned about the fact that a lot of the un-intended consequences that have occurred in other states are going to be coming to Michigan now,” says President of Healthy and Productive Michigan, Scott Greenlee.

In addition, Michigan voters also gave a big yes to a ballot proposal that would significantly change the way Michigan’s political lines are drawn.

Proposal 2 will take the power to draw district lines out of the hands of lawmakers and give the job to 13 Michigan voters.

4 of which will be Republicans, another 4 Democrats, and 5 people who identify with neither party.

Those behind the proposal say they believe this will give Michigan a better chance at a fair election.

“Free and fair elections are fundamental to our democracy and if we don’t have free and fair elections then our democracy is in danger so Proposal 2, I think is key to that,” says Regional Coordinator for Voters Not Politicians Region 2, Kathleen McKee Snyder.

Lastly, voters gave Proposal 3 a green light as well.

Residents will now have the chance to register to vote when renewing their drivers license, get an absentee ballot with no reason, and this will reinstate the option of a straight-ticket vote for all candidates of a political party.

 

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