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Brian Shamblen

According to an EPIC-MRA poll commissioned by Michigan NORML, 61 percent of voters said they would vote in favor of the ballot question to legalize cannabis use for adults, with 35 percent saying they would reject the proposal.

The survey found 45 percent of respondents indicated they would “definitely vote yes” with another 13 percent saying they would “probably vote yes,” while 3 percent said they were leaning toward voting yes.

Of the respondents who said they would vote against the proposal, 28 percent said they would “definitely vote no,” while 6 percent indicated they would “probably vote no,” and 1 percent said they were leaning toward a no vote. Four percent said they were undecided or refused to answer the question.

The results represent the largest cohort of support in Michigan public opinion polls on the topic since 2014. According to a Michigan NORML infographic, 47 percent supported legalization in 2014, and the state surpassed the 50 percent threshold in 2016 with 53 percent support and 45 percent opposed. In 2017, support jumped to 57 percent with 40 percent opposed. A Local4-Detroit News poll conducted in January found 56.6 percent support with 36.7 percent opposed.

In November, the Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted more than 365,000 signatures to state officials – 100,000 more than required to put the issue to voters. Officials have yet to approve those signatures which would put the issue on November ballots.

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