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Marijuana advocates launch legalization push in Michigan

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

Marijuana proponents launched a ballot drive to make recreational pot legal in Michigan.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol filed ballot language with the state Friday. The initiative is being backed by state marijuana advocates and the Marijuana Policy Project, a national group that has been involved in successful legalization campaigns in five other states.

“Our country’s marijuana prohibition laws have failed miserably. About 20,000 nonviolent offenders are arrested annually for marijuana possession and cultivation, causing an enormous waste of taxpayer dollars and choking our already overburdened court system,” said John Truscott, spokesperson for Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “This initiative would make Michigan a leader in responsible adult-use marijuana laws, while also creating an entirely new industry and generating badly needed tax revenue for our state.”

In addition, the initiative would legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp, which can be used to produce foods, textiles, paper, plastics and biofuels. Possession for adults 21 and over would also be limited to 2.5 ounces, which is similar to the state’s medical marijuana act. Adults 21 and over could also grow up to 12 marijuana plants in their residence.

The ballot committee will need more than 250,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November 2018 statewide ballot.

Michigan voters legalized medical marijuana in 2008.

Eight states have fully legalized the drug.

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