LEAP endorses Michigan's marijuana legalization ballot question, Prop. 1

For Immediate Release: 10.23.18
Contact: Mikayla Hellwich

Today, the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), would like to announce our endorsement of Michigan ballot proposal 18-1, a law that would tax and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older. If voters approve the measure in November, adults would be permitted to purchase, grow, and possess up to two and one half ounces of marijuana while retail and cultivation facilities would be required to obtain licensure through the state.

“I stand with many others in law enforcement who have been tasked with enforcing marijuana prohibition when I offer my support for the drug’s responsible regulation,” said Detective Sgt. Ted Nelson (Ret.), a retired Michigan State Police detective and local spokesman for LEAP. “Hassling people over small amounts of marijuana is not a reasonable or effective component of crime reduction strategies or community-building efforts. We already know from other states that responsible marijuana regulations keep people out of the justice system who don’t need to be there and take money out of the hands of criminal organizations. The longer we wait, the more we sacrifice public safety and waste resources.”

In November 2017, the campaign, in partnership with the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, submitted over 360,000 signatures – nearly 50% more than the required amount – to the Michigan Secretary of State. Read the full text of the proposal here.

Under the new law, retail sales of marijuana would be subjected to a 10% excise tax that would fund “implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads, and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.” Annually, more than 20,000 people are arrested for marijuana in Michigan.

The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) is a nonprofit group of police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals who use their expertise to advance public safety solutions. LEAP’s nearly 200 law enforcement representatives from diverse backgrounds speak on behalf of thousands of law enforcement professionals across the U.S.

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