Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers has certified signatures gathered to put recreational marijuana on the November ballot.
The elections bureau said earlier this month there are enough. A stamp of approval was needed from the Board of State Canvassers. The board gave its approval during a meeting Thursday morning in Lansing. The proposal now could be on the ballot unless the legislature votes on it or makes a competing ballot proposal.
A group supporting legalization in Michigan turned in more than 365,000 signatures from registered voters. They only needed more than 250,000 signatures.
Analysts suggest that if recreational marijuana is allowed sales in Michigan could exceed nearly $1 billion a year. The proposal calls for legalizing possession and sale of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for recreational use. It would be taxed at 10 percent, plus the existing 6 percent sales tax.