A slim majority of Michigan voters support cannabis legalization, according to the results of a statewide poll conducted in April.
51% of respondents were in favor of legalizing marijuana if it were to be regulated and taxed like alcohol, while 45% were opposed.
Among the 600 respondents, support for legalizing cannabis came largely from Democrats and younger voters. Just 36% of respondents who identified themselves as Republicans were in favor. 37% of respondents over the age of 65 supported legalization; 50% were “strongly” opposed.
Several groups are looking to 2016 for possible ballot proposals to legalize and regulate marijuana. One such group, the Michigan Responsibility Council, is led by two Oakland County Republicans, and has discussed regulating marijuana like alcohol is there, with a three-tiered system of suppliers, distributors and retailers.
Another group, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, has a proposed a more centralized system in which revenues would be directed toward public safety, health and education.
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