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Poll: Michigan Voters Would Back Medical Marijuana Law Again Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 5:20 Pm Updated: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 5

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GRAND RAPIDS – A recent poll showed that Michigan voters would again approve the state's medical marijuana law.

 

The poll, conducted by Marketing Resource Group, Inc., showed that 59 percent of voters would approve the law, while 35 percent would not. Two percent leaned toward approving, while 2-percent leaned against.

 

The poll results were announced by Marijuana Policy Project, which helped draft the law. In November 2008, 63-percent of voters approved medical use of marijuana.

 

“This poll proves that a strong majority of Michigan voters stand firmly behind the compassionate medical marijuana law they enacted two years ago,” Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project and lead drafter of Michigan’s medical marijuana law, said in a statement.

 

The law has spawned controversy, including multiple lawsuits. Just last week, a federal judge in Grand Rapids ruled that Joseph Casias, who used medical marijuana for a brain tumor, was not protected by the law when fired by Walmart for violating its anti-drug policy.

 

Another case is pending here: Can the federal government obtain confidential patient information from the state as part of a drug investigation?

 

E-mail John Agar: jagar@grpress.com

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Very interesting, good ammunition to counter the mindset of the prosecutors. In their world view, MMJ is illegal and all users are criminals. They dismiss the MMMA by saying the voters didn't understand what they were voting for. Apparently, they understood it quite well.

 

The numbers dropped by 4%, this could be accounted for by the uncertainty of this or any poll, it should stand as a call to action. I would have felt better if they had gone up by 4% to 67%.

 

So much emphasis is made in here on activism- going head to head to fight every attempt to restrict the law. That is good and has its place. But we are forgetting the most important way we can fight those that wish us harm--- Build our numbers until every family in MI has or knows a well qualified card holder. We don't have to fight them hand to hand on the beach- though that is needed in some cases, we need to let the tide rise and overwhelm them.

 

Dr. Bob

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