October 5, 2018

Michigan Wants Weed Legalization Ballot, Opponents Bail on Rick Steves’ Event

October 5, 2018
New data shows 92 percent of Millennials support legalization ballot & majority of the rest of voters are behind it, too

The new data, collected by Glengariff Group, Inc. shows that 92 percent of Michigan voters aged 18-29 support the state’s cannabis legalization ballot measure.

For the first time, voters were read the exact ballot language of Proposal 1 to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan. By a margin of 62.0 percent-35.0 percent, voters support legalization with only 3.0 percent undecided, according to a WDIV/Detroit News poll.

The differences by age are significantly larger than the differences by party affiliation. The only party affiliation opposed to the legalization proposal came from strong Republican voters.

The strongest support in favor of legalization came from Democratic voters while Independent voters now support the proposal at 54-27 percent — a 2-1 margin of support.

Meanwhile, as we reported, travel guru Rick Steves visited Michigan the first week of October 2018 and held two events to encourage voters to support the legalization ballot measure.

Opponents of legalized marijuana, who had promised to protest Steves’s two events, failed to turn out for a planned protest on Wednesday night, despite a “call to action.”

Not a peep was heard from one of the most vocal prohibitionist groups, Healthy and Productive Michigan, which promised to fill the seats at Steves’s free event in Ann Arbor event, according to attendees.

Nicholas Zettell, an activist with Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and MI Legalize, confirmed that no legalization opponents rallied in Ann Arbor nor at the travel writer’s prior event in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, reported Marijuana Moment.

The Ann Arbor event was organized by SSDP and the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA), the main group behind the legalization ballot measure. It was attended by about 100 people, according to Zettell.

“We did not see a single protestor last night,” Josh Hovey, a spokesperson for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, told Marijuana Moment in an email. “The crowd was very respectful and asked a lot of great questions.”


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