Was this November’s sweeping victory for marijuana law reform in Michigan a fluke?
A review of polls conducted in Michigan shows a consistent support for the relaxation- or elimination- of laws regulating marijuana. These surveys were conducted online by the popular MLive web service, whose divisions cover the entire state.
Some areas saw multiples polls, especially those places where voters had the opportunity to enact ordinances regarding cannabis and their communities.
In Kalamazoo, several polls preceeding this November’s general election predicted the eventual outcome of the vote:
Should marijuana possession in Kalamazoo be enforced by a ticket instead of an arrest?
Grand Rapids decriminalized the possession of marijuana in November 2012 by a 60% Yes vote.
Other polls from around the state, and during the course of 2012, covered many different issues- but seemed to always come out favoring the rights of medicinal and recreational marijuana users. This poll from Flushing was weighted unfairly, with three responses reflecting negatively on the marijuana issue and only one choice supporting a patient’s right to choose (and even that question was phrased badly):
Should Flushing Township Board members ban medical marijuana dispensaries in the township?
In Michigan there has been some debate among legislators about a re-vote on the Medical Marijuana Act. In January 2011 the very reputable polling form Marketing Resource Group and activist Gersh Avery showed that 59% of voters would re-approve the law and 35% would not.
Illinois lawmakers agreed to legalize the use of medical marijuana on Friday under a plan that's being billed as the strictest in the nation among states that have authorized the drug's medicinal use, though it was unclear whether the Democratic governor plans to sign it. […]
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