Schuette dodges on state culpability in Flint, wants pot legalization on ballot

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says voters should decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

Supporters of pot liberalization in Michigan have long viewed Schuette as one of their main adversaries.

The Republican attorney general says his personal views on the issue have not changed.

“I personally don’t think we need to put more drugs in the hands of kids. Families have enough trouble as it is. But let the people decide,” said Schuette.

“I think in the end this will be a ballot initiative. And I think citizens ought to vote on this.”

Schuette was a guest on the Michigan Public Television program Off the Record. He made the comments during an “overtime” taping after the show.

Two groups are currently gathering signatures to put marijuana legalization on the 2016 ballot.

Schuette dodges on state’s roll in Flint water crisis

Earlier in the program, Schuette refused to say whether he thinks the state is culpable for Flint’s water crisis.

A state-appointed emergency manager oversaw Flint when the city switched water providers.

“You could ask me about ten or a hundred different legal questions, hypothetically. Until it comes to my desk, I’m not going to give a hypothetical answer to a hypothetical question,” he said.

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking state lawmakers for millions of dollars to help Flint reconnect to Detroit’s water system.