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When the Michigan Board of State Canvassers certified on Thursday that the petitions submitted by the Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) contained enough signatures to qualify for the November general election, advocates cheered and cameras rolled. The legalization proposal is just the latest issue keeping marijuana in the hearts of citizens, in the minds of state lawmakers and on the front page of newspapers- but not everything is going according to plan.
THE ADULT USE PROPOSAL
The annual value of legalized and medical marijuana in Michigan has been estimated at one billion dollars. That’s an incredibly powerful incentive for people to change their minds on the issue of recreational marijuana, and Michigan citizens are evolving their attitudes toward cannabis at a record pace.
Polling data from 2018 indicates marijuana legalization enjoys strong support among the state’s voters. In January a poll showed 57% support for an adult use of cannabis law, and in March a poll by NORML of Michigan and the EPIC-MRA research group found 61% support, a record high approval rating.
Thursday’s certification of the cannabis legalization petition submitted by the CRMLA was hailed as a guarantee that the issue will appear on the 2018 Michigan ballot. With favorable polling and no other obstacles, it would seem the adult use issue is going to appear before voters and be a big hit in November.
Not so fast, say Michigan lawmakers.
Republicans are already fearful of the impending ‘Blue Wave’ of Democratic supporters crashing the party at this year’s general election. Rumors began circulating in early April about a plan where Republican lawmakers would legislatively adopt the CRMLA legalization language into law just to stop the ‘Green Wave’ of single-issue cannabis voters from flooding the polls in November.
Michigan law allows for a 40 session day period after Board certification in