Activists and cannabis supporters in Michigan are currently gathering the 253,000 signatures needed to legalize marijuana in Michigan.
While that goal has not yet been reached, a recent survey of the state’s citizens should signify some cautious optimism for legalization’s chances. That poll found that about 53% of Michigan residents would vote in favor of legalization this fall should the question be posed to them.
Better yet, that number could be too low according to Michigan NORML’s director and Detroit-based lawyer, Matt Abel. The poll had a small sample size of 600 people, and Abel thinks that the poll might have simply found an uneven representation of the state’s will.
Abel said that,
“To me, this poll actually under-represents the real number of people who truly would vote for legalization because some people just don’t want to admit how they feel to a pollster. “We’ve seen this in Michigan [in the past, with] support only in the mid-50s.”
That mid-50s support refers to 2008 when Michigan legalized medical marijuana. While a mid-50s percentile said they’d vote for medical marijuana’s legalization, come election day an actual 63% of voters ended up giving medical marijuana their blessing.
Of course, that majority support becomes irrelevant if the 253,000 signatures aren’t gathered and the question never even makes the ballot. Should the question make the ballot and should this majority support hold up, Michigan (like Vermont and Rhode Island) has a strong chance to become another legal marijuana state in America.
Considering that cannabis proponents have already registered “about 250,000” signatures, that outcome seems very likely.
Michigan’s proposed law would create a regulated and licensed market much like Colorado’s, and would also legalize industrial hemp.