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.