GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A majority of Michigan residents would be OK with legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, a new poll shows.
The EPIC-MRA poll released Monday found that 53 percent of Michigan voters would approve a ballot proposal to legalize and tax marijuana. Forty-five percent said they would reject such a proposal and 2 percent were undecided or declined to respond.
Along partisan lines, Democrats and Independent men supported legalizing marijuana, while Independent women and Republicans did not support it. Among both Democrats and Republicans, men were more supportive than women.
The figures in the new poll show an increase in support from December 2014, when a poll that found 50 percent of voters would OK such a measure. Forty-six percent were opposed at the time. And in September 2013, 47 percent of people said they would support one of four proposals to legalize and tax pot.
Commissioned by the Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the new poll was surveyed 600 people across the state via phone from March 19 to March 22. It has a 4 percent margin of error.
There are a number of efforts to place a proposal on Michigan’s November ballot to legalize marijuana, but it’s not yet known if any of them will actually succeed.
Support for legalization has been a trend nationwide. Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Colorado and Washington, D.C. all legalized marijuana in recent years. Medicinal use of marijuana is currently legal in Michigan, but recreational use is not.