Cannabis and Michigan State Politics

Advocates of marijuana legalization cheered when it was certified by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers that petitions submitted by Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol have sufficient signatures to qualify for general elections in November. The total scene, however, is less than ideal.

Pro-marijuana stand

The citizens of Michigan state are quickly moving towards the thought that marijuana can be beneficial. The 2018 January polling data showed 57 percent of respondents favor adult utilization of the cannabis law. The number rose to 61 percent in March. The approval rating thus went to record highs. The CRMLA petition relating to legalization made sure that this issue will see the Michigan ballot in 2018. It is clear the issue will be a massive hit in November.

Republicans are naturally afraid of Democrats sweeping the general election. The issue is so serious that there were rumors about a certain plan where GOP lawmakers would adopt legislatively this CRMLA legalization simply to halt voters keen towards single issue cannabis from voting in large numbers during the November polls. This can be done as laws in Michigan permits a period of 40 session days post Board certification. The House and Senate could adopt the language within this period. If the legislature adopts it, then this proposal would not be on November ballot. If this process is adopted, then this legalization proposal could be easily passed by House and Senate. As this legislation is an initiated one, the proposal for cannabis legalization will not be subjected to any veto by the Governor.

This does not mean the Republicans have it easy. Many GOP lawmakers are strongly against such a step. It is to be noted that a few lawmakers face re-election within a few months, and this kind of endorsement could be construed as a risky one.

Democrats' in

Cannabis has also influenced the Democratic nomination race for attorney general. The battle is between Patrick Miles and Dana Nessel. The latter adopted a pro-cannabis stand from the start of her campaign. Miles, in contrast, was at first hesitant to discuss the subject. When grilled, he gave generic answers which betrayed his conservative thinking. Nessel is from Wayne County and Miles from Michigan' s federal western district.

Cannabis liberalization advocates prefer Nessel over Miles. The organization canvassing support for marijuana legalization- MILegalize- has already endorsed Nessel. This endorsement helped to lift the latter's ratings, forcing Miles to evolve on this issue.

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