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Poll Finds Fewer Michiganders Support Proposal To Legalize Pot

June 29, 2018 - 4:46 pm

LANSING (WWJ) - A new poll shows an apparent drop in the number of people who support a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan.  

Pollster Ed Sarpolous says the new survey by Target Insight -- which included the actual language of the proposal that will be on the November ballot -- had 47 percent voting "no," with 44 percent in favor, and nine percent undecided.

"The bottom line is there's a mixture of age. You know, people with kids are more against it, older people are more indifferent, and younger people support it," Sarpolous said, adding that it's also broken down along partisan lines.

"The more moderate to liberal you are, the more supportive," he said. "The more consdervative or Republican, you oppose it."

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What doesn't seem to be in question is whether or not people can get it. 

"We asked people: Do you have access to marijuana? Most of them say, yes, ok? So it's not a question of in Michigan that they don't have access; whenther it's legal or not is a different thing," Sarpolous said, adding that, apparently, not everyone who likes to use pot plans to vote yes. 

"Some of them, when you talk to them, they're saying: Why would I wanna pay more for the marijuana? Because they say it's going to be taxed."

In a different poll in March, 61 percent of Michigan voters said they would vote "yes" on a ballot proposal to legalize and tax marijuana.

If approved in November, the proposal would legalize the sale and possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for personal use for those 21 and older. It would also allow users to grow up to 12 plants in their homes. The sales would be taxed -- 10 percent on top of the six percent sales tax -- with the tax dollars going to schools, roads and cities where the sales take place. 

The new law would not allow people to use marijuana in a public place or drive under the influence.