Chart: Strong support for marijuana legalization ballot initiatives
This has the possibility to be another banner year for the cannabis legalization movement, with up to six states potentially legalizing some form of cannabis by the end of 2018.
Vermont and Oklahoma already passed legalization measures earlier in the year, for recreational and medical marijuana, respectively.Meanwhile, advocates in Missouri and Utah gathered enough signatures to get medical marijuana on the 2018 ballot, while voters in Michigan and North Dakota will decide the fate of recreational cannabis initiatives in November.
Here’s an update on where support and funding levels for each legalization ballot initiative stands in Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah.
Proposal 1, the ballot initiative to legalize the possession and sale of recreational marijuana in Michigan, has garnered consistently strong support in the state in terms of funding and polling.
The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is leading the legalization effort and, to date, has outraised opposing organizations by a 6-to-1 margin.
A May poll by Victory Phones found 48% of respondents in support of the measure – the lowest level of support among all listed polls – while Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research poll, also in May, pegged support for the initiative at 61%. The most recent poll from WDIV/Detroit News found 56% of likely Michigan voters in support of legalizing recreational cannabis.Proposition C – a statutory change instead of a constitutional amendment – would allow MMJ use if a patient has a qualifying condition. Medical marijuana would incur a 2% sales tax at the retail level. Amendment 3 would allow patients to use MMJ if they have a specific qualifying condition but would tax MMJ sales at 15% to fund cancer and other incurable disease research. Amendment 2 would give physicians more latitude when recommending MMJ and would tax sales at 4%. It is also the only ballot initiative in Missouri that specifically allows home cultivation of MMJ.