2022 Election Results – Cannabis Continues to Spread in Michigan –
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The 2022 general election saw cannabis on ballots in 32 Michigan municipalities. With the votes counted, it appears that 13 municipalities voted in favor of the initiatives to expand access to cannabis that were on the ballot. Some of those municipalities voted to license cannabis businesses for the first time, while others voted to expand legal access from medical use to adult use. Many proposals, for or against, came very close, suggesting the issue remains divisive despite additional tax revenue collected by municipalities that already allow cannabis businesses within their boundaries.
Municipalities that added or expanded cannabis this year are:
- Auburn Hills TownOakland County – voted to license at least four adult facilities
- City of BellevilleWayne County – voted to dramatically expand cannabis operations from growers to retail and consumer lounges.
- Canton of BuelSanilac County – voted to dramatically expand cannabis operations from growers to retail and consumer lounges.
- Township of ChesterfieldMacomb County – voted to allow the city to set the number of cannabis businesses
- Township of ClementGladwin County – voted to license two adult-use retail establishments
- Clio CityGenesee County – voted to allow two medical supply centers, ending the city’s ban on cannabis businesses
- Township of EgelstonMuskegon County – voted to add adult use to existing medical businesses and to allow co-location
- Green Lake TownshipGrand Traverse County – voted to allow limited recreational cannabis businesses from growers to adult retail
- City of ImlayLapeer County – voted to allow medical cannabis and create a municipal agency to oversee the local regulatory structure
- Port Town of KeegoOakland County – voted to dramatically expand cannabis operations from growers to retail and consumer lounges.
- Township of Royal OakOakland County – voted to repeal ban on cannabis businesses and allow medical cannabis businesses
- Township of South HavenVan Buren County – voted to repeal the ban and only allow retailers to use adults, but left open the possibility of expansion via later ordinances
- Town of TaylorWayne County – voted to repeal the ban on adult-use establishments and establishes zoning restrictions on the location of such establishments
It should also be noted that initiatives in Memphis City and Newfield Township to ban cannabis businesses have failed. Based on our latest review, these election results bring to 268 the number of Michigan municipalities that have authorized facilities for medical or adult use, still representing only 15.1% of Michigan’s cities, townships and villages. .
Finally, as Michigan continues to slowly expand access to cannabis, the rest of the country is following suit. Nationally, two states, Maryland and Missouri, voted to legalize cannabis, while three, Arkansas and the two Dakotas, voted against legalization, bringing the total number of states with cannabis to 24. fully legal cannabis. Meanwhile, Colorado joined Oregon in the cut. edge of drug policy reform by voting in favor of a ballot initiative to decriminalize and regulate certain psychedelics. Colorado law offers a radically different paradigm than Oregon for legal psychedelics, and it remains to be seen which approach will succeed.
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