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Michigan Is First In Midwest To Legalize Recreational Marijuana


Michigan voters have approved Proposal 1 legalizing recreational possession of marijuana for those age 21 and up.

Yes On 1 spokesman Josh Hovey said that with the passage, work must begin to educate the public about what the proposal does…and doesn’t…do.

“Making sure that people are out consuming in public continues to be banned under this initiative, driving under the influence is banned under this initiative," said Hovey.

Michigan will become the 10th state to legalize marijuana possession.

Hovey also said workers will need to know that employers can still prohibit marijuana use.

“Businesses continue to have the right to test their employees and ban them from using and discipline them if they choose to do so, and so workers in the state will need to make sure that they’re being responsible and that they understand the rules in their workplace," said Hovey.

Hovey thinks that with the time needed to develop rules, the first marijuana businesses could open in 2020.

Three other states also had marijuana-related measures on their ballots. North Dakota voters decided recreational pot wasn't for them, Missouri voters passed one of three unrelated measures legalizing medical marijuana and voters in Utah were also considering a medical marijuana proposal.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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