In 2014, a group named MI Legalize built a broad coalition of cannabis reform advocates and circulated a petition to legalize cannabis for adults in Michigan. That was the first time an actual proposal was available for voters to read and form an opinion around.
Michigan NORML commissioned a poll question with our polling partner, EPIC-MRA, to test voter support for that specific initiative and the results appear below.
A 50% majority of Michigan voters would vote “yes” on a ballot proposal to legalize and tax marijuana, with 46% voting “no” and 4% undecided
This is up 3 points from a 47% plurality in September of 2013 who favored one of four proposals which was described to legalize and tax marijuana
Here is the question all survey respondents were asked in the December 2014 survey:
“On another topic, voters may circulate petitions to place a proposal on a future election ballot relating to the issue of marijuana. The proposal would make the possession and cultivation of limited amounts marijuana legal in the State of Michigan for adults age 21 or older. Also, it would allow the sale of marijuana to adults age 21 or older only by stores that would be licensed by the state, and finally, it would tax the sale of marijuana by these state licensed stores. If this proposal were to appear on a future election ballot, if the election were held today, would you vote yes to approve of the proposal, or would you vote no to oppose it?
[IF VOTING YES/NO, ASK: “Would you definitely vote (YES/NO), or probably vote
(YES/NO)?” AND CODE BEST RESPONSE]
[IF UNDECIDED, ASK: “Well, if the election were held today and you had to decide right
now, would you lean toward voting yes to approve of the proposed law or no to oppose it?”
AND CODE BEST RESPONSE]
50% TOTAL VOTE YES
39% Definitely vote yes
9% Probably vote yes
2% Lean toward voting yes
46% TOTAL VOTE NO
35% Definitely vote no
8% Probably vote no
3% Lean toward voting no
Clearly, a bare majority of Michigan voters would vote “yes” on a proposal to legalize the possession and cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana for adults age 21 or older.
The full results of this poll can be downloaded here.