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Whether you know the psychoactive plant as cannabis, weed or kush, Michiganders have voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Stoners and capitalists alike are looking forward to the mellowing marijuana being available for purchase at local dispensaries.
Many Wayne State students are ready to celebrate Michigan joining nine other states to legalize the recreational and medical use of the herb.
Jon Smith, a media arts and studies student, voted early using an absentee ballot, and said he’s excited for the future of Proposal 1.
“I might light a joint this weekend or eat a brownie to celebrate,” he said. “I don’t want to mess myself up too much in the celebration.”
How the passage of the proposal will affect WSU students remains unclear, said Louis Lessem, WSU’s general counsel.
Kallie Ives, a music and business student, said this proposal is well overdue.
“I just think it’s ridiculous that we can drink alcohol, but we can’t smoke weed,” Ives said. “I know a lot of people who smoke and live a normal life. Then I have friends who drink too much, and it completely affects their lives.”
Ives said she will definitely celebrate the proposal’s passing by smoking the herb.
“I will 420 blaze it with tons of people probably,” she said. “I have a lot of friends who have been waiting for this to pass.”
In 10 days — the allotted time for passed laws to take effect according to Michigan’s Constitution — the possession of weed will become legal for adults 21 years old and up.
However, dispensaries cannot sell recreational marijuana to customers right away. It will take at least a few months to a year for Michigan to process all licensing applications, according to the Detroit News.
Cile Sultany, a chemistry student, said the passage of the proposal has a greater meaning and impact on society. She said she’ll celebrate by visiting her dispensary and treating herself to a dab kit.
“The passing of this proposal means our state is taking a step forward to reform our criminal justice system,” she said. “Proposal 1 passing is definitely something we should all celebrate, so spark up with your friends like I am, and be happy.”
Corey Cannova, manager of Plan B Wellness Center dispensary in Detroit, said the passing of Proposal 1 means some dispensaries will change their whole business model from a medicinal approach to a retail one.
“On the recreational side, everything will be pre-packaged,” he said. “They’re almost treating it like a convenience store. “
Although recreational marijuana is now legal, some students still see issues with some aspects of the proposal.
Kerria Brown, criminal justice major, said she believes weed should be available to anyone over 18, but she is happy it passed.
“I like the fact that you won’t have to have a medical card and I will most definitely celebrate.”
The legalization of weed has many college students looking forward to this weekend and lighting one up.