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Michigan Speaker Of The House Says Marijuana Vote Unlikely, But Possible

May 7, 2018

Michigan Speaker of the House Tom Leonard
Credit Michigan House Republicans / gophouse.org

The state House Republican leader says it’s still possible lawmakers will vote on legalizing marijuana in Michigan.  But, he says it is unlikely.


A petition drive put the question to legalize marijuana before the Legislature, which must approve it within 40 days, or the issue goes on the November ballot.

State House Speaker Tom Leonard at first ruled out a vote by lawmakers, but says it’s not settled yet.

“At this point, I don’t anticipate it coming up for a vote, but if members have a change of heart, they can certainly let me know.”

Legislative approval would make it easier to adopt changes to the law in the future.  Some Republicans are also concerned a marijuana proposal on the ballot could drive up Democratic turnout in November.

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