JACKSON, MI – Marijuana, Michigan State University and the state of the union were among the topics discussed at the 90-minute town hall for Republican gubernatorial candidates Wednesday.
One of a handful of town halls scheduled across Michigan, the Jan. 31 event was hosted at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra’s Weatherwax Hall. Candidates attending and speaking were Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton; Earl Lackie and Evan Space.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was invited but did not attend. Questions came from the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the audience and were moderated by JTV’s Bart Hawley.
Besides noting Jackson as the birthplace of the Republican Party, neither the city nor the county were mentioned by the candidates in their responses. In the audience were State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clark Lake, and Jackson City Councilmen Craig Pappin and Jeromy Alexander.
Here’s a summary of the candidates answers to select questions from Wednesday night.
If recreational marijuana passes in Michigan, where should the additional tax money go?
“If there are ramifications to this policy, then the tax revenue should deal with those ramifications.”
“When it comes to legalization overall of marijuana, while I do support medical marijuana, I don’t support overall recreational legalization. If it does pass, I will of course abide by and respect the will of the voters. At that point, I think it needs to be handled in the way that we do other types of controlled substances. We have frameworks in place for alcohol, frameworks in place for tobacco and now there’s frameworks in place for medical marijuana.”
“I think all that money’s going to have to go to law enforcement, because all these transactions are going to be cash transactions because this is still outlawed at the federal level, which means none of these