50% Of Michigan Voters Support Marijuana Legalization

50% Of Michigan Voters Support Marijuana Legalization

Although medical marijuana is now legal in the state of Michigan, voters remain narrowly divided as to whether they would like to see recreational pot. A recent poll conducted by a Lansing-based research firm showed that 50% of likely Michigan voters would support the full legalization of marijuana for adults 21 and up. The trend is on the upward swing for Michigan voters, as a similar poll just a year ago showed support at 47 percent.

The survey was commissioned by the Michigan Chapter of NORML and was conducted gathered a sample set of 600 likely Michigan voters. Although 50% may sound like the issue is still on the fence, only 46% of respondents opposed the legalization of marijuana, with 4% left undecided.

Matthew Abel, Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of NORMl, says “Once people understand the effect that it’s had and analyze the statistics, they generally agree it’s a net win for society. Everybody knows you can get marijuana anywhere, so it’s time that we remove the taint of prohibition and the ill effects.”

Medical marijuana was legalized in Michigan back in 2008 and since then many communities and municipalities have decriminalized simple possession charges. As we head towards 2016 it has yet to be determined wether Michigan will vote on a ballot initiative. Metro areas and young voters overwhelmingly support marijuana legalization with the 18 to 34 year old demographic at 69% approval. The road to full legalization is still a long one for Michigan, which will rely heavily on these supporters.

Michigan Residents Qualify For Unemployment When Fired For MMJ

Michigan Residents Qualify For Unemployment When Fired For MMJ

Today Michigan courts ruled in a 3-0 decision that the use of medical marijuana does not disqualify residents from unemployment benefits. Detroit lawyer and senior partner of Cannabis Counsel Matt Abel told the The Detroit Free Press that the decision effects multiple cases in which employees were wrongfully terminated for the use of medical marijuana.

“This decision is another acknowledgment that medical-marijuana users’ rights have been unfairly infringed.” -Matt Abel

Although the ruling still allows for employers to terminate employees for the use of medical marijuana, but they will not be barred from unemployment after termination. Michigan’s medical marijuana act passed back in 2008 with a provision that prohibits penalties for those who use medical marijuana legally. The right for employers to terminate is still in tact, but this provision disallows government from a similar course of action.

Although it’s not a total victory for Michigan residents, it does set an important precedent for the right to use medical marijuana. A similar storm is brewing in the Colorado Supreme court where Brandon Coats battling Dish Network over a wrongful termination back in 2010. As medical marijuana becomes increasingly accepted as medicine, there are 23 states who will be looking for the right answer for both employers and patients.

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