Pot proposal, electoral questions lead to early vote

Pot proposal, electoral questions lead to early vote

Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use rose to the top on previous returns across Michigan, although two other proposals also had early clues.

Proposal 1, which would legalize small amounts of potential, had a lead of 56.1 percent to about 43.9 percent. Early returns reached 13 percent of districts in government reporting.

Proposal 2 would set up an independent commission to redistribute the political map of Michigan, and voters gave it 58.6 percent support. And Prop 3, which would greatly facilitate access to polling stations and restore direct voting, had an early head start with 64.7 percent early.

The nominations were discussed intensively. They have won millions of dollars in support and resistance; requested attack ads; and in some cases there were legal struggles on the road to the November election.

If the plan to legalize recreational marijuana – or proposal 1 – is approved, adults over the age of 21 could own up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants per household.

The coalition's proposal to regulate marijuana, such as alcohol, would prohibit the use of marijuana or smoking in a public place or in a private place where the owner prohibits it. And it would not override drug policy in the workplace.

The measure allows the licensing of companies that grow, process, test, transport or sell marijuana with three classes of cultivator licenses. Municipalities could prohibit or restrict the number and type of facilities within their borders.

Proponents say the initiative is in line with a new, strong regulatory system for emerging medical marijuana business in Michigan, which could generate millions of dollars in tax revenue each year. The plan would impose a 10% excise tax on marijuana retail sales in addition to the state's 6% sales tax.

In a room with campaign signs and literature at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing, the organizers and supporters of the proposal on Tuesday were "cautiously optimistic" about the chances of legalizing marijuana in Michigan.

Josh Hovey, a spokesperson for the electoral committee, noted that the poll results consistently favor the measure, and "we just hope everyone joins in."

Howard Wooldridge wore a cowboy belt buckle, a Stetson, and a "Cops say legalize pot" t-shirt, and joined advocates for the pot proposal in Lansing. A 50-year-old Bath Township detective detective Wooldridge said he was confident in Proposal 1 on Tuesday.

"I'm here because I want my Michigan colleagues to focus on serious bad guys, pedophiles, drunk drivers, and other public security threats," said Wooldridge. "We'll do a better job tonight if we stop wasting time on marijuana."

However, some advocacy groups and church leaders have opposed the plan, saying it could lead to more crime without offering solutions to social justice issues. These include the Detroit Branch NAACP and Healthy and Productive Michigan, a committee that has worked to defeat it.

If the proposal goes through, the possession becomes legal immediately after the entry into force of the law, ie 10 days after confirmation of the election results. The state would have to start accepting license applications within one year.

Voters are also deciding on a proposed constitutional amendment that will defuse Michigan's current redistribution process – in which the ruling party redefines the boundaries of the legislative and congressional district every ten years – for an independent, 13-member commission consisting of four self-identified Republicans, four Democrats and five non-party members.

Election proposal 2 has paid more than $ 1 million in campaign contributions on both sides of the measure, which faced several hurdles on the road to election, including disputes before the Board of State Canvassers, the State Court of Appeals, and the Michigan Supreme Court ,

In their argument before the Supreme Court, lawyers for citizens protecting the Michigan constitution argued that an opposition group funded by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce argued that the plan had the task of placing the redistribution in the hands of arbitrary agents rather than those elected by the people deputies.

The proposal put forward by the Voters Not Politicians committee aims to combat the movement and manipulation of political boundaries to ensure that a particular party dominates the elections.

"I fully agree that there is a board that has an impact on district decision-making," said Westland's 31-year-old Dior, Gabrielle Nicholls, who works for Delta Air Lines Inc. "I'm for a proposal that promotes the end of the negotiation or takes steps that can be taken to remedy this problem. "

The proposal was supported by celebrities and politicians and received approximately $ 13.8 million in contributions from late July to late October. However, opponents claim that it is too complex and lacking spending caps.

The redistributing commissioners would receive at least 25 percent of the governor's salary of $ 159,300 a year or $ 39,820. The salaries of the Commissioners, along with the legal, administrative and administrative costs, would be at least 25 percent of the State Secretary's total budget or $ 4.6 million.

The Commission would meet no later than 15 October 2020, the year of the next census, and adopt a redistribution plan no later than 1 November 2021. The Michigan Freedom Fund, which has links with the DeVos family in West Michigan, The opposition group's $ 3.1 million in revenue has contributed approximately $ 2.8 million.

Finally, the "Promote the Vote" initiative or Electoral Proposal 3 attempts to amend the state constitution in the name of "voting rights" to allow absenteeism by mail to re-establish direct voting by the parties and to register the residents until and to vote on election day.

Opponents claim that it would make the state more vulnerable to electoral fraud, and it is too vague, leading to dismissal of federal and federal laws. The action is supported by a coalition that includes the American Union for Civil Liberties of Michigan, the League of Women Voters of Michigan, the Detroit Chapter of the NAACP, the Michigan League on Public Policy and others.

If the proposal is approved, nationals will be able to vote by e-mail or in person up to 15 days before election, after 30 days under the applicable law. Voters can also register personally with proof of residence by the election day.

Efforts are also aimed at restoring the vote, which has been ruled out by the state legislature, which has been confirmed by a jury of the 6th US Court of Appeals.

cferretti@detroitnews.com

Jonathan Oosting has helped

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