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Poll shows majority of Michigan voters in favor of legalizing marijuana

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In a recent poll commissioned by Michigan NORML, which is the Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, indicates a majority of state voters are in favor of legalizing marijuana.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently surveyed 600 likely November 2018 voters asking this question, “If enough valid petition signatures are collected, a proposal may appear on a future election ballot relating to the issue of marijuana. The proposal would make the possession and cultivation of limited amounts marijuana legal in the State of Michigan for adults age 21 or older. Also, it would allow the sale of marijuana to adults age 21 or older only by stores that would be licensed by the state, and finally, it would tax the sale of marijuana by these state licensed stores. If this proposal were to appear on a future election ballot, if the election were held today, would you vote yes to approve of the proposal, or would you vote no to oppose it?"

A majority 61-percent of respondents said they would vote “yes” compared with 35-percent who said, “no.” That’s up 4 percent from one year ago when 57-percent of voters polled were in favor.

By party, 74-percent of Democrats and 72-percent of Independents support marijuana legalization. Republicans are split 48-percent in favor with 48-percent opposing legalization.

An overwhelming 87-percent of voters polled between the ages of 18-34 are in favor of legalizing pot.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.