“This is the most responsible way to regulate marijuana,” said Josh Hovey, a spokesperson for the coalition. “There are already those out there who are operating medical marijuana business. Burying our heads in the sand and ignoring the adult-use side of the marijuana market isn’t going to solve any problems.” The bill Marijuana Stocks also creates a structure for the recreational marijuana industry that’s much like the medical industry as state licenses would be issued to growers, processors, transporters, testing facilities and retailers. Townships and cities would again choose whether or not to allow recreational marijuana businesses. “Our initiative would have a very similar approach to (the medical marijuana laws passed in 2016),” Hovey said. “… All of the work they’re doing now will give them a fairly good position to be in when the adult-use comes into play.” Michigan first legalized medical marijuana in 2008. But marijuana advocates here know the leap from medical to recreational legalization can be considerable. In 2016, the group MI Legalize put forward a similar petition effort to legalize recreational marijuana. It failed to make the ballot, however, because of a lack of valid signatures of support within the legally required 180-day window. MI Legalize took the case to the Michigan Supreme Court, but the Court declined to hear the appeal.