You’ll never guess which Michigan counties loved weed (Kidding, you will)

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Update Dec. 4: You can smoke pot in Michigan but not buy it. What you need to know.

Every April since 1972, Ann Arbor has hosted an unofficial “hash bash,” a celebration of marijuana amid hopes it would become legal.

Next year, it might be a little more celebratory.

Washtenaw County, in which Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan sit, saw more than two-thirds of its voters this week back Proposal 1, the ballot measure that makes recreational marijuana legal in Michigan.

It gave Prop 1 the highest “yes” support in the state, followed by Ingham (Michigan State University), Wayne (Wayne State and Detroit) and Kalamazoo (Western Michigan) counties.

Across Michigan, 50 of 83 counties backed Proposal 1.

Statewide, 56 percent of voters approved Proposal 1; 44 percent were against. Most opposed: Voters in Missaukee County in north-central Michigan. More than 60 percent of voters voted “no.”

Chart: Democrats can thank more educated voters for swinging Michigan seats

A number of northern Michigan counties also did not support Proposal 1, including much of the Upper Peninsula, though those with universities –  Houghton, Marquette and Chippewa counties – did back the measure that will allow for recreational retail stores and home growing of limited amounts of marijuana.

Click on the counties to see how they voted and which way they lean politically.

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Ben Bachrach
Fri, 11/09/2018 - 8:56am

Just because people voted making recreational marijuana legal, does not mean that the voter likes weed. Many of us, believe the War on Drugs has caused more harm than the banned substances, are voting for legalization for that reason.

Art Wurfel
Fri, 11/09/2018 - 9:30am

Pot has been widely available for 50 years; anyone who wants it could get it. The vote situation was cynically misconstrued. It was not a vote FOR pot, but AGAINST criminalization. Noteworthy that for-profit prisons vigorously oppose it, as do the criminal enterprises that made a fortune off of it.

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 11:25am

Many of us voted no for the same reason! It is reasonable to favor decriminalization of Marijuana but at the same time be opposed to making it into a full blown industry and being ubiquitous on every street corner? That's what we have done!

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 1:39pm

Matt - hold up, okay? I could wish for your "every street corner," or that "we have done" this, but the reality is that many Michigan communities will refuse to allow law-abiding and secure cannabis stores, despite the ubiquitous revenue-producing alcohol and tobacco merchants.

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 9:23am

Do the same for Stabenow.

Interpret it any way you want. Her margin of victory was Wayne County. The rest of the state was a toss up.

Some people will always vote party over person. Or maybe the Russians tampered with the voting machines there.

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 9:33am

I really love the smell of that crap coming out of houses while I'm walking my dog. Now michigan has gotten stupid just like colorado. I know people who continuously smoke it around their kids and driving with or without kids. Read The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact and find out how much money is going to colorados schools, the deaths and black marketing. It needs to be illegal again!

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 11:18am

And the same for alcohol? Prohibition worked so well, I can't understand why we didn't continue it.
Obviously you agree.

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 8:01am

So you think the industrialized production and mass marketing of alcohol has brought us all kinds of societal benefits that will be the same for pot?

John Q. Public
Sat, 11/10/2018 - 11:12am

Well, it DID largely put an end to poisonous rot gut and gangs gunning each other down in the street in fights over market share, not to mention lots of graft in the policing agencies.

Dave Cluley
Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:59pm

The legislative language behind this proposal was ill-conceived and one-sided. The 10% tax is far too little and makes a mockery of those benefiting from it - schools, taxpayers (roads), etc. There is no money to address the additional demands that will be placed on the mental health community nor are there funds to address the health issues of non-smokers subjected to second-hand smoke; let alone any provision limiting exposure to it.

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 4:57pm

Can't one assume that a lower tax % would result in more people actually buying? Generating more $$$ in the long run.

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 10:41pm

How can I get any? Can I grow my own, or can someone give me some?