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Poll: Most Michigan Voters Support Marijuana Legalization


michigan medical marijuana businessesMichigan has a very active marijuana reform movement, and has for awhile. The medical marijuana industry in Michigan, despite clear regulations, is growing. I just read a report yesterday talking about how there are more medical marijuana dispensaries in Detroit than there are grocery stores. Michigan is at the top of my list of states that could legalize marijuana in 2016. Numerous cities in Michigan have voted to reform marijuana laws at the local level already.

A poll was released yesterday which found that a majority of Michigan voters support marijuana legalization. Per NORML:

The poll shows 50% of Michigan adults would likely vote in favor of a system like those being utilized in Washington and Colorado, where marijuana is sold to adults and the proceeds are taxed by the state. 46% of respondents opposed the program. The results show a 3% increase in the acceptance of the tax and regulate legalization model from the previous survey, conducted in 2013 by the same firm.

The 2014 poll asked respondents if they would vote for a ballot proposal that would legalize marijuana use for adults 21 and over, create a system of licensed dispensaries to distribute the marijuana and tax its sale. 600 participants were surveyed on December 10 through 14, including 20% cell phone contact and the poll has a margin of error of ±4%.

“Michigan is a leader in the national trend toward reform of marijuana laws,” said Matthew Abel, attorney with Cannabis Counsel PLC in Detroit and the Executive Director of MiNORML. “This latest poll shows a major shift in attitude toward marijuana legalization over the last year. Legislators, take note: Michigan is ready for this.”

Hopefully this poll, combined with the local reform victories, leads to a successful push for marijuana legalization in 2016. In a perfect scenario, Michigan’s Legislature would step up and pass a marijuana legalization bill. However, it’s worth noting that a medical marijuana industry bill is desperately needed, and has been for awhile, but Michigan lawmakers so far have been unable or unwilling to pass such legislation.


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  1. I bet if the poll asked about legalizing, with all the tax revenue going into roads and infrastructure, the percentage voting yesterday would go up!

  2. Seems like a bit of contradiction among the voters.
    If they actually support legalization they would have gone to the polls and voted for reps that actually support their preference.

  3. We haven’t had a proper medical marijuana bill passed because Michigan voters keep electing Republicans into the legislature, and they control both houses. We can only thank ourselves.

    Michigan voters support medical marijuana and full legalization, regulation and taxing, but we’ve elected a legislature that disagrees with us on that.

  4. Come on Michigan we deserve to be free from the tyranny of prohibition. It’s bad enough that medical patients do not have employment protection. Legalization could give protection from random testing. So you understand my thoughts like alcohol while working is not a smart thing to do so don’t burn while working and what you do at home is not your employersite concern. Michigan loves to tax everything I am so surprised that they do not have some kind of tax planned already.

  5. Yes, let’s go Michigan! I’ve been wondering for awhile now if we’d get an initiative here in 2016. Back in 2008, we passed our medical initiative with 63 percent of the vote. There’s definitely a lot of support for cannabis reform here.

  6. I believe other states will start to see the benefits from a financial stand point for there states. They will soon find that not legalizing will actually cause them more money in the future. They will continue spending money on drug enforcement and rehabilitation. That money could be used to better serve our communities. Change and reform is needed on a national scale. http://www.nauresgiftunlocked.com

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