POLL: Majority of Michigan Voters Want to Legalize Marijuana

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director January 12, 2015

    cropsFrom Michigan NORML:

    The attitude of Michigan voters is evolving toward acceptance of legalizing and taxing marijuana use for adults, per a recent EPIC-MRA survey commissioned by the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MiNORML).

    The poll shows 50% of Michigan adults would likely vote in favor of a system like those being utilized in Washington and Colorado, where marijuana is sold to adults and the proceeds are taxed by the state. 46% of respondents opposed the program. The results show a 3% increase in the acceptance of the tax and regulate legalization model from the previous survey, conducted in 2013 by the same firm.

    The 2014 poll asked respondents if they would vote for a ballot proposal that would legalize marijuana use for adults 21 and over, create a system of licensed dispensaries to distribute the marijuana and tax its sale. 600 participants were surveyed on December 10 through 14, including 20% cell phone contact and the poll has a margin of error of ±4%.

    “Michigan is a leader in the national trend toward reform of marijuana laws,” said Matthew Abel, attorney with Cannabis Counsel PLC in Detroit and the Executive Director of MiNORML. “This latest poll shows a major shift in attitude toward marijuana legalization over the last year. Legislators, take note: Michigan is ready for this.”

    Support for legalized marijuana was greater among parents (52% likely YES) than among those voters without children (49%). Voters of all educational levels would approve a marijuana legalization ballot proposal; more than 50% of all the poll’s respondents (309) identify themselves as college-educated. 69% of those in the 18-34 age group responded as likely YES votes, as did 60% of all men age 18-49 and 70% of male Democrats. The largest demographic of opposition: Republican males (63% likely NO).

    In conservative western Michigan the staunchest support for legalized marijuana was higher (40% definite YES), and opposition was lower (35% definite NO), than statewide averages (39% definite YES/36% definite NO). The statewide averages are skewed by numbers from the Bay Region that are significantly more negative toward legalization (38% likely YES/60% likely NO) than any other region surveyed.

    Keith Stroup, national NORML founder and legal counsel, said “The latest Michigan polling results are in line with what we are seeing all across the country. Numerous polls have shown a majority of the public nationwide now support ending marijuana prohibition, and regulating and taxing the responsible use of marijuana by adults. It’s promising to see that voters in Michigan agree.”

    30 responses to “POLL: Majority of Michigan Voters Want to Legalize Marijuana”

    1. Evening Bud says:

      Why do male Republicans fear the refer so much? Are they afraid it might somehow make them “liberal”? They’re definitely the dinosaurs in the room.

    2. Galileo Galilei says:

      “The largest demographic of opposition: Republican males (63% likely NO).”

      Sounds a lot like 2014. GOP social conservatives remain the last impediment to reform. One way to handle this — if you absolutely, positively have to vote Republican, do NORML a favor and be sure the candidate supports reform.

      Republicans will not change if they can win elections without doing so.

    3. Anonymous says:

      adults with kids vote yes more than adults without kids. that’s because adults with kids are smoking pot instead of drinking

    4. Dave Evans says:

      Evening Bud, it is called “delusion”. Republicans have been telling each other that being a liberal is a mental disease and marijuana is well known to cause or induce mental diseases.

      Note, they use two different arguments to prove they can’t think straight.

      Like we should take notes on how to stay mentally healthly from people (control freaks and histrionics) that constantly lie in order to stay mentally healthly or the truth would make them breakdown.

    5. Evening Bud says:

      @ Dave Evans, good points, lol. I’ve seen that type of tortured logic before.

      Some people just cannot wrap their minds around the notion that legalization will actually reduce problems such as use, gangs, etc. Only with the continued legalization of MJ will they begin to see that proof for themselves.

    6. fireweed says:

      ironic that the biggest group opposing legalization is male republicans, who in any other context are vociferous about getting government out of people’s lives and eliminating unnecessary and job-killing government overreach. but when it comes to weed that notion goes right out the window, never mind we have now a year’s worth of evidence that this creates jobs without bringing down society as we know it. the truth bears itself out and these hypocrites will be left with no defense of themselves.

    7. fireweed says:

      so c’mon Michigan, here’s another competition with ohio, see which one of us legalizes it first! buckeyes smoke, wolverines choke!!!!

    8. mexweed says:

      @Dave, re. liberalism a mental disease, you may know the radio mouth who said that, Michael Savage, formerly Michael Weiner, was earlier in life an expert on herbs who had even included cannabis in his book on medicinal herbs without right wing warnings.

      But in 2010 I heard M. Savage say on radio, “Cannabis is the most dangerous of all drugs!”

      Difference is– after he got a spot on radio (p)reaching millions of listenerfanatics, he was in bed with SPONSORS who, even if they weren’t $igarette companies, were in partnership therewith (they call the system crapaholism, each crap sells some other crap, Marlboro sells Lipitor etc.).

      I’d like to just detail how much rebound-$$ one big advertiser harvests from the $igarette empire: the PROPA & GANDA Co.

      1. You need SECRET ($igarette, get it?) deodorant to get rid of yucky body odor caused by $igarette $moking.

      2. Wash your mouth out with $cope to get rid of unki$$able $igarette $tink.

      3. Use TIDE or other washday brands to get $igarette $tink out of your clothing.

      4. Use MR. CLEAN, SPIC N SPAN, COMET CLEANSER etc. to get nicotars off ashtrays, baseboards, furniture etc.

      5. $igarettes make you crave junk foods made with CRISCO and other high tech chemicals.

      6. P & G has bought many big pHARMa companies over the years and $ells lots of drugs you might not have heard of to “treat” (not prevent) “$moking-related illnesses”.

      The disappearance of $igarette $moking (and cannabis users can start with getting rid of the Joint) would greatly reduce sales of those and other P&G products and disappoint the Big Box $tores that sell the P&G stuff even if (like CVS) they get out of selling $igs them$elves.

      So I bet if you checked it out you would find some $pon$ors on Michael Savage’s $how that don’t want cannabis destroying that tobacco empire, and same goes for much of the “liberal?” media.

    9. Raven says:

      What about a national poll asking if MJ should be removed from schedule 1 where it can be legally researched? Remember Steve Cohen?

    10. Miles says:

      No Kidding! The people of Michigan are not that different than the people in the rest of the country. We all (75% +) want for it to be legal, decriminalized, or at least medical.

      The only thing stopping us from it are politicians and their rich lobbyists that do not serve our best interests and certainly not our will. It is shameful.

      I’m talking about people like Maryland’s Andy Harris and others that should be thrown into the street.

      I’m still not sure about President Obama since I know he could do a whole lot more than he has to further this cause. I’m about 99% positive that he does not believe users should be locked in jail or prison for years. I wish he would use his bully pulpit at a minimum to try to get prohibition abolished before his time as president is up.