Michigan Votes To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Voters in Michigan have approved legalizing recreational marijuana.

The measure will permit people 21-years of age and older to use pot and to grow as many as 12 plants for personal use.

The state will issue licenses for dispensaries and other marijuana-related businesses.

Taxes on those businesses are expected to generate an estimated $275-million a year.

Michigan approved medical marijuana ten years ago.

It's the tenth state to legalize recreational weed.

Meanwhile, a cannabis advocate in Windsor is applauding the outcome of the vote.

Owner of Higher Limits Jon Liedtke says it is what the people want.

"I think that's great for them," he says. "The campaign was brought about through a citizen referendum, so it was written by the people for the people and I think it is fairly sensible, it legalizes cannabis, possession and sale. It allows for 8 ounces of cannabis to be kept in a residence."

Once the vote is certified and it becomes legal, Liedtke says it could affect businesses on this side of the border.

"I think that the fact that Michigan has legalized for recreational usage might put a damper in certain people's sales, but I think the bigger picture here is to understand that it is not about trying to siphon off 100 people here or 1,000 people there."

He says ultimately people don't want to be criminalized because they are partaking in a plant.

Even though the recreational use of marijuana has been approved, it is still illegal to transport marijuana across the Windsor-Detroit border as the use of pot remains illegal at the federal level.