Poll: Majority of Michigan residents support recreational marijuana

pot53% of Michigan residents surveyed said they would vote yes if the legalization of recreational marijuana was on the November 2016 ballot.

That’s according to a poll conducted by the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Matthew Abel is executive director of the Michigan chapter. He said support has been growing over the past few years.

“This is 3 points up from where we were just over a year ago. And it’s up six points from a poll we did in September 2013. So it seems that legalization numbers are moving in our direction at a rate of 2 percent per year. We expect that if we can get it on the ballot that it will pass.”

As support for marijuana legalization grows, so too does the number of medical marijuana users in Michigan. More than 180-thousand users were registered with the state by the end of 2015, a 47% increase from 2012.

Abel said as the number of medical marijuana patients grows, more and more people are also supporting recreational legalization.

“Well, here we are 7 years in and nobody has died from medical marijuana. The sky has not fallen. And so more and more people are realizing that it’s not a harmful substance. Generally the more marijuana in a community the safer that community is. There’s less alcoholism, less domestic violence.”