Michigan voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana in November after Republicans in the state Legislature said Tuesday they would not vote on a preemptive proposal by day’s end.
A strategic GOP bid to pass the proposal, then rein it in by amending it, fell flat when Republicans in the state House couldn’t gather the votes necessary to pass it. So neither the House nor the Senate, where there was more support, took it up for a vote.
Both chambers are Republican controlled. But such is the growing sentiment for legalizing recreational marijuana, both in Michigan and nationally, that it’s widely assumed the ballot measure would win easily. Senate Republicans hoped that by passing their own measure first, they could have a greater say in regulating pot across the state.
House Speaker Tom Leonard, who opposed a legislative bid to legalize marijuana, told reporters Tuesday “there was very