Michigan Wants Legal Weed, Poll Finds

A majority of Michigan voters want to legalize recreational marijuana, but they can’t agree on how to make it happen, according to a new poll. Nearly 56 percent of Michigan voters supported legalization efforts, while 40 percent were against legal marijuana, a Michigan Public Radio Poll released Thursday found.

Among the 56 percent that want legal recreational marijuana, voters expressed differences in how they felt the state should go about implementing the change. Nearly 27 percent backed the state taxing and controlling recreational marijuana, with home-growing of the plant allowed. About 21 percent supported state taxes and controls with a limited number of growers. Almost 8 percent backed local taxes, controls and distribution. The poll surveyed 600 likely voters in the state from Aug. 4 to 8.

Jeff Williams, CEO of Public Sector Consultants, which helped carry out the poll, said the figures indicate Michigan could see legalization efforts stall because no one option can be agreed upon. “When you break it down, three options to get to ‘yes’? The 40 percent ‘no’ will carry the day,” Williams said, according to a post by Interlochen Public Radio that accompanied the poll results.

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