As lawmakers continue to battle over the balance of our country, ironically, the 2018 midterm election had a familiar green trace of smoke surrounding it. Over the past few years, marijuana has left a huge impact on the United States of America, but, in a strange twist, one of the major power plays in this year’s big event happened to be cannabis legalization (on multiple levels). Overall, victories were made in Utah and Missouri (which legalized medical cannabis), but a major turning point in history took place in Michigan. As of November 7, 2018, Michigan has become the 10th state to officially legalize recreational pot, and Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer has some big plans. What, you may ask? Let’s take a closer look at how she is aiming to pardon individuals who have been previously convicted of marijuana possession in the Wolverine State.
Opening the Floodgates
Overall, the prospect of pardoning people with marijuana-related convictions is nothing new. Back in October (on the heels of legalization), the Canadian government announced plans to pardon cannabis offenders (however, this activity does not extend to total expungement). Now, the new governor of Michigan may be following suit.
After the passing of Proposition 1, the possession, cultivation, and consumption of recreational weed are now 100% legal in the State of Michigan, allowing for the creation of a regulatory infrastructure for close observation and control. Prior to the election, Michigan Senator Coleman Young II and Detroit lawyer Matthew Abel proposed the act of pardoning marijuana offenders in the state.
At a press conference this Wednesday (November 7, 2018), Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer voiced support for this notion and stated her plans to support a recreational marijuana industry in Michigan State. According to Whitmer, she respects the “will of the people” and has referenced policies in other states as ideal resources for developing a statewide pot market. While she is ensuring public safety, however, Whitmer has also explained how she does not regulations to be particularly harsh, with only the strictest of laws extending to minors.
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