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Local government and law enforcement officials in Michigan are beginning to digest the fact their state will be the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana use.

Proposal 1, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, passed easily in Tuesday’s elections. Michigan Secretary of State figures show the measure garnered a 55 percent vote in favor with 82 of 83 counties reporting as of Wednesday afternoon.

“Now that it’s here, it’s time to wait for the laws to come out,” Paul Pirrone, supervisor in Bedford Township, said. “This is new for the state. … There’s still a lot of work to do.”

The measure takes effect 10 days after election results are certified, which typically happens in December. It will allow adults 21 and older to possess, use, or transport up to 2.5 ounces; possess up to 10 ounces at their residence, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal


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