Former lawmakers hope to fast-track legalization of marijuana in Michigan.
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) —
Some groups are asking Michigan lawmakers to legalize marijuana before next year’s election.
Political Reporter Nick Minock reported in Lansing to explain the legislative push for legalization.
Over the past three months, pro-marijuana groups have collected more than 250,000 signatures, to get the issue of legalization of marijuana Michigan on the 2018 ballot, but some groups are asking, what if the legislature does it first?
Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network Craig Mauger said the major pro-marijuana group is spending more than $1 million to get pot legalized next year.
He is hearing rumblings from former lawmakers who want the legislature to legalize pot before voters do.
Mauger said, “Many people in the capitol say they’ve heard about this potential for trying to circumvent the ballot proposal through legislative action, but at this point it doesn’t have the support that makes it appear very likely.”
Josh Hovey, Senior Vice President with the public relations group Truscott Rossman, is working with the campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol.
He says there could be negative implications if lawmakers pass legislation of their own.
Hovey said, “Some of the organizations that you’re are seeing who are whispering about doing this through the legislature, they are going to start throwing a lot of money around trying to basically pad their profits and create something and control and we don’t think monopolized industry is good for consumers, we don’t think it’s good for growing an industry in Michigan.”
If recreational pot has the potential to become a billion-dollar business.
Hovey said the ballot proposal is well vetted and pro-business. It also allows for personal