EPIC-MRA/MINORML 2013 Poll


In 2013, Michigan NORML commissioned our first poll question with one of this state’s oldest and most reputable polling firms, EPIC-MRA, to find out how deep was voter support for legalizing and regulating cannabis for adults.

You can find a complete list of EPIC-MRA polling results here including all the results from Michigan NORML poll questions.

Below are the results of our 2013 poll question.

September Statewide Survey – 4% error rate
Live interviews – calls completed Sept 7-10, 2013

Commissioned by Michigan NORML
The Michigan Chapter of the
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Key findings
Only 1-in-4 Michigan voters want current marijuana laws continued

Nearly half, 47%, favor the legalization of marijuana by taxing and regulating it like alcohol

Another 16% favors replacing criminal penalties for marijuana offenses with a fine

Here is the question all survey respondents were asked:
“The U.S. Department of Justice has decided that they will not challenge any state laws that are enacted which make changes in how marijuana use and possession is dealt with in terms of criminal penalties. Thinking about current marijuana laws in Michigan, which of the following statements best describes the approach to marijuana use that you favor the most?” [READ
AND ROTATE 1 TO 4 – ACCEPT FIRST AND ONLY ONE RESPONSE]

The responses were:
47% Legalize marijuana by taxing and regulating it like alcohol
26% Continue our present system of state criminal penalties for marijuana offenses
16% Replace criminal penalties for marijuana offenses with a fine
4% Repeal all state criminal penalties for marijuana offenses
7% Undecided/Refused

Clearly, Michigan voters favor changing current state laws about the possession and use of marijuana. The largest percentage of voters, 47 percent, favors the legalization of marijuana and taxing and regulating it like alcohol. Only 26 percent said they favor continuing current state law.

The full results of this poll can be downloaded here.