Josh Hovey, a spokesperson for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, thinks it’s a balanced approach that creates a licensing structure that follows some of the best practices from around the country. He argued that marijuana prohibition in Michigan and across the country failed and wasted law enforcement resources, leading to the unnecessary arrests of 20,000 people per year in Michigan.
“We’re proposing a strongly regulated system that would allow for personal freedom to possess and consume limited amounts of marijuana,” Hovey told Yahoo News. “We think the time has come. We feel we’re in a very strong position to get this done and create a really robust system for the state.”
Based on taxes generated in other states, as well as Michigan’s population (9.1 million) and medical marijuana market, Hovey estimates recreational marijuana could generate
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