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Have You Made Up Your Mind Yet On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Use In Michigan?

Jul 2, 2018

A cannabis leaf
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Michigan voters will be asked next November to decide if recreational marijuana use should be legal in the state.

Lisa Barry reports on a new survey showing voters are slightly against the idea being touted by a Michigan group opposed to legalizing marijuana for recreational use in the state.

The survey says 47 percent of the 800 Michigan voters questioned state wide are against legalizing marijuana for recreational use, compared to 44 percent who plan to vote yes.  Scott Greenlee is the president of Healthy and Productive Michigan, a group working against the change and says he realizes they are fighting an uphill battle in influencing voters in the state.

Healthy And Productive Michigan, an organization against legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Michigan.
Credit Healthy And Productive Michigan

“The other side will spend millions and millions of dollars because they want to profit from this stuff long-term,” says Greenlee.  “They want to profit from something I think will bring our state a lot of challenges.”

Greenlee maintains the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana in Michigan are not as impactful as they sound and says the organization is concerned about the impact on crime and other addictions becoming more prevalent from legal marijuana use.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu