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If passed, the proposal would make Michigan the 10th state in the country to allow recreational use of marijuana.

The other states are California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

A recreational marijuana law went into effect in Canada in October.

But even if the proposal passes, people shouldn’t expect their existing controlled substance charges to be reduced.

“Typically, if someone is charged with a crime, the charge is based on the time the crime was committed and what the law was at the time,” Bowling said. “If they pass a new law, it doesn’t have a retroactive effect.”

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