Michigan says yes to recreational marijuana

(AP Photo/John Locher, File)

UPDATE: Recreational marijuana will now be legal in Michigan. Voters have chosen to pass Proposal 18.1., Bloomberg reports.

ORIGINAL STORY: Michigan voters are deciding if recreational marijuana should be legal.

There are strong opinions on both sides of the issue.

This issue is even dividing families.

WSBT 22 spoke with a father and son that went to the polls to vote Tuesday and one voted "Yes" and the other "No" when it came to Proposal 18.1. They told WSBT 22 they often have the same opinion, but on this issue they both were in favor of different things. They're not alone.

For the past several weeks, people on both sides of the issue have been out lobbying for their position on recreational marijuana. They say there are strong reasons for their opinions.

“I would say to those people that don’t want it to happen now: This is our best opportunity to do it. It gives us economic opportunity. It gives us an edge over other midwestern states. And they should grow up and get into the 2018 world,” said Rick Thompson, MI board member for NORML.

“The adults in the room I think will stand up and say this is not good for our kids, this is not good for our economy, it’s not good for public safety. All around it’s a half-baked idea that is not good for our state,” said Victor Fitz, (R) Cass County prosecutor.

Now people in favor of the proposal say this will help improve the current medical marijuana law already in effect and be good for the state's economy.

People against it say this is dangerous as it would allow up to 10 ounces of marijuana by any one person.

States like Colorado only allow up to 1 ounce.

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