Michiganders with chronic or debilitating diseases would be able to possess and use marijuana legally under a proposal on its way to state voters in November, reports the Detroit Free Press. A state elections panel Monday certified petitions with 377,975 signatures backing the plan, well over the 304,000 minimum needed to put the initiative before voters if the Legislature fails to act on it within the next 40 days. Legislative action is unlikely.
The initiative would allow seriously ill patients to obtain a doctor’s authorization to cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants and possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. The movement to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes has spread widely. A dozen states permit it under some circumstances. The practice has been most controversial in California, where voters authorized the sale of small amounts of marijuana at licensed co-ops. Those operations have been targeted by U.S. law enforcement agencies under federal law. The Michigan proposal does not authorize sales.