LANSING, Michigan (WJRT) – (04/25/2018)- Thursday the State Board of Canvassers will meet to consider certifying the petition to place a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana on the November ballot.
Earlier in the week the Board of Elections said enough signatures have been collected.
If the Republican controlled legislature doesn’t step in with action of their own, the measure will be on the November ballot.
In less than seven months, Michigan voters may be heading to the ballot box to decide if the recreational use of marijuana should be legal.
Wednesday night we spoke with those on both sides of what’s shaping up to be a big debate in the state.
“I don’t think that we want a stoner state,” said State Senator Rick Jones.
Jones, a former Sheriff, doesn’t mince words when asked about a likely ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana.
“My biggest employer is General Motors,” he said, “they do a drug test, you know what, they don’t want people under the influence of drugs using machinery and chopping off a hand.”
“How many young people who are going to start using this and then end up on welfare because they cannot get a job,” he added.
Jones doesn’t foresee the Republican controlled legislature acting on this issue once the petition is certified.
State Senator JIm Ananich thinks the proposal should be decided by the voters in November:
“I think the voters, on something this big, should have their voices heard and should make the decision for themselves,” he said.
The measure would make marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age or older,
It would also make industrial hemp legal.
“The current system hasn’t worked it has failed, we would like to promote a measure that legalizes marijuana and regulates it just