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Speaker: Marijuana Vote Unlikely, But Possible

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Scott Pohl
State House Republican Leader Tom Leonard

The state House Republican leader says it’s still possible lawmakers will vote on legalizing marijuana in Michigan. But, as we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, 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." Says Leonard. "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.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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