Michigan might be closer to legalizing recreational cannabis

Michigan's elections board say organizers of a ballot drive to legalize marijuana for recreation use collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

Michigan's elections board will consider certifying the initiated legislation

A man smokes an especially large joint near a cannabis plant at Vancouver's 4/20 event last week. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Michigan's elections board say organizers of a ballot drive to legalize marijuana for recreation use collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

The Board of State Canvassers' ruling Thursday means the measure will first go to the Republican-led Legislature. Lawmakers could enact it or let it proceed to a statewide vote.

An opponent of the legislation urged the board to reject it, saying marijuana is illegal under federal law. But a canvasser said the board's role is ministerial, and the opposition should go to court if it wants to challenge the bill.

The proposal would let people 21 and older possess up to 2.5 ounces (71 grams) of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants at home.

A 10 per cent tax on marijuana would be assessed on top of the 6 per cent state sales tax.