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US 78-year-old poet makes 1st purchase of legal recreational weed in Michigan

06:50  02 december  2019
06:50  02 december  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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First day of recreational marijuana sales in Michigan . ANN ARBOR, MI -- Marijuana activist and poet John Sinclair, although older now at 78 , is no less the rebel he was in 1969. “It would be more full if they came and gave me back the weed that they took,” Sinclair responded.

At the age of 28, John Sinclair was arrested in 1969 for possessing two marijuana joints and sent to prison for nearly three years. On Sunday, the now 78-year-old poet and activist became the first person in Michigan to legally purchase recreational cannabis.

a store filled with lots of food: Marijuana on display at Arbors Wellness in the medical marijuana shop in Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 25, 2019. Adults age 21 and over will be able to buy marijuana for recreational use starting Sunday, Dec. 1 in Michigan.© David Eggert/AP Marijuana on display at Arbors Wellness in the medical marijuana shop in Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 25, 2019. Adults age 21 and over will be able to buy marijuana for recreational use starting Sunday, Dec. 1 in Michigan.

"It went swiftly. I got some weed over the counter," Sinclair told ABC News when reached by phone. "It's about time. I've been waiting for this for 50 years."

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Hundreds of people in Michigan lined up to be the first to buy recreational marijuana after it officially became legal Thirty- one - year - old Rich Oliver from Grand Rapids echoed his comments, “It feels safer. One year ago, Michigan voters approved legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use

Who can legally buy weed in Michigan and Illinois? Since Michiganders voted to approve legalizing recreational marijuana about a year ago, approximately 80% of municipalities in the state have opted out of allowing recreational sales in their communities.

About a year after Michigan residents voted to allow the sale of recreational pot, hundreds of people lined up outside six dispensaries in the state to purchase weed for the first time without having to have a doctor's prescription.

Michigan became the ninth state in the nation, along with Washington, D.C., to allow people 21 and over to purchase recreational marijuana over the counter. In Vermont, weed is legal to possess, but not to sell.

"It's a good idea," Sinclair told ABC News.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono famously held a freedom rally in December 1971 pushing for Sinclair's release. Bob Seger and Stevie Wonder also performed at the concert and Jerry Rubin and Allen Ginsburg were among those who voiced support for the Flint native at the rally. Sinclair, who once managed seminal rock band MC5, was released soon after the event despite his 10-year sentence.

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But Michigan still has to work out how recreational marijuana stores will operate. Licensing rules and other regulations need to be ironed out before shops can Because federal law still prohibits the sale of marijuana, it can't be purchased from legal pot stores in other states and brought back to Michigan .

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For the historic transaction, Sinclair purchased 10 joints prerolled with a strain of cannabis dubbed "Gorilla Glue No. 4."

Asked if he noticed any difference between smoking a perfectly legal spliff compared to the old illegal kind, Sinclair said no.

"It's smoking a joint," said Sinclair, who celebrated by lighting up while attending a poetry reading.

Sinclair made the purchase at 9:49 a.m. at Arbors Wellness, a dispensary in Ann Arbor.

Four of the six dispensaries licensed to sell recreational weed are in Ann Arbor. But according to the state's Marijuana Regulatory Agency, another 30 locations throughout the state are awaiting approval to sell recreational cannabis.

Not every town in Michigan has jumped into the marijuana marketplace. More than 400 cities in the state have rejected businesses that want to supply adult recreational weed, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Cannabis in Michigan is legal for recreational use. A 2018 initiative to legalize recreational use (the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act) passed with 56% of the vote.

Michigan on Tuesday became the tenth state to legalize marijuana after voters passed Proposition 1, making it Voters in Michigan passed Proposition 1 on Tuesday, making it the first Less than two weeks after sales of recreational weed began on July 1, 2017, many stores ran out of marijuana to sell.

Illinois is the next state up to allow the dispensaries to sell recreational weed beginning Jan. 1.

Unlike other states, where citizens voted to allow adults to legally purchase cannabis for recreational use, Illinois' legal weed law was passed by the state legislature in May and signed into law by the governor a month later.

"As the first state in the nation to fully legalize adult-use cannabis through the legislative process, Illinois exemplifies the best of democracy: a bipartisan and deep commitment to better the lives of all of our people," Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, a Democrat, said in a statement after he signed the bill on June 25.

Other states where recreational marijuana is being legally sold include Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Vermont natives can possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow two mature plants or four immature plants.

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