In 2016, we still had petition language to poll, however it was different language. This new proposal resulted when a super-coalition of cannabis reform groups came together under the Coalition to Reform Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) and under the leadership of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). Other Coalition partners included Michigan NORML, MI Legalize, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, the National Patients Rights Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Marijuana Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

In January, Michigan NORML sought out it’s reliable polling partner, EPIC-MRA to guage voter support for this new proposal. The results appear below.


EPIC-MRA Statewide Survey – 600 sample – 4% error rate
Conducted by live callers from January 30 to February 2, 2017
Includes 30% cell phones

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

Key findings
A 57% to 40% majority of Michigan voters would now vote “yes” on a ballot proposal to
legalize and tax marijuana

This is up 4 points from a 53% majority voting “yes” in March of 2016

It’s up 7 points from a bare 50% majority voting “yes” in 2014

Here is the question all respondents were asked in the recent February 2017 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?”

41% Definitely vote yes
12% Probably vote yes
4% Lean toward voting yes

30% Definitely vote no
8% Probably vote no
2% Lean toward voting no
3% Undecided/Refused

The full results of this poll can be downloaded here.