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Debra Young pulled out a handful of lighters from her glittery silver purse and smacked them on the table at Cannabis Counsel on Jefferson, then she and other activists celebrated — a few smoke alarms going off amid a dense fog — the first day of legalized recreational marijuana in Michigan.

“I bought a tray off Amazon of about 50 of them and they’re already disappearing,” said Young, a 61-year-old grower and caregiver from Ferndale. “I knew (the proposal to legalize marijuana) would pass because we’ve been pushing location initiatives for the last decade and when the time came, we had the knowledge, the people and almost had the money. We pulled the trigger and here we are.” 

Colin MacDougall from Dearborn has been an active user and supporter of legalization and was a paid petitioner until this year. He said the party at Cannabis Counsel was like a celebration among friends fighting for the


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