Proposal 1, to make recreational marijuana legal, passed 58 percent to 42 percent. It allows anyone 21 and older to carry 2.5 ounces of marijuana without legal jeopardy.
“Obviously, the results of today’s election were not what we hoped for. It is important to note that more Michiganders voted no on Proposal 18.1 than on the other two proposals,” a spokesperson for Healthy and Productive Michigan said. The group was against proposal 1. “While our side lost tonight, it is important to recognize the level of responsibility that now rests on the shoulders of those who have voted Yes.”
Michigan is now the 10th state in the United States and Washington D.C. that has legalized pot, but marijuana is still illegal under federal law.
Proposal 2, to create a citizen commission to redraw legislative districts in the state, passed 60 percent to 40 percent. “Our state constitution begins with ‘All political power is inherent in the people,’” said Katie Fahey, founder and executive director of Voters Not Politicians, which spearheaded the proposal. “Thousands of volunteers, from every county in our state, and spanning across political party lines, dedicated two years of their time, talents and passion to make this people-powered campaign a reality. We’ve proven that when a thoughtful group of passionate citizens ban together to try and fix the problems our politicians won’t, we can make our state a better place. I couldn’t be more proud of what we have accomplished together or of how amazing the people of Michigan are.”
Proposal 3, which will create same-day voter registration, no-reason absentee ballots and bring back straight-party voting and automatically register people to vote when they obtain or renew a driver’s license, passed 69 percent to 33 percent. The measure’s backers, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the League of Women Voters and NAACP branches, say it will make voting more accessible and secure.