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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.”
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.
Related 2018 Michigan Proposal 1 stories:
- Michigan approves recreational marijuana. What you need to know.
- Michigan ballot issues: What to know about Prop 1 (recreational pot)
- Message from marijuana country: We love legal pot. Will Michigan?
- More pot and lower taxes if Michigan marijuana vote passes this fall (slideshow)
- What’s legal, and what isn’t, under Michigan recreational marijuana plan (slideshow)