Michigan GOP Lawmakers Looking To Counter Push For Legalizing Pot

Recently, Michigan state approved to have a ballot for the legalization of marijuana, which has attracted pot businesses looking on how to get a tax ID in Michigan, thanks to a ballot drive organized by a local support group.

The local group managed to collect 365,000 from registered voters across the state, when it only needed 250,000. The Board of State Canvassers’ released a ruling on it, meaning that the ballot would go to the state’s Republic-led Legislature, with state lawmakers having the option to either enact it or let it go to statewide vote.

It seems that Michigan Senate Republicans are considering what to do about the recreational legalization petition, rather than let it go to the ballot on November, where experts are predicting that  it could bring out Democratic voters could come out and push it to legislation, with the potential industry attracting many looking on how to get a tax ID in Michigan for a business venture.

The GOP are discussing a strategy that would make it easier to change the potential legislation, which would bypass the need of the supermajority vote normally required to alter or remove voter-approved bills, according to Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake. Shirkley says that the decision is about whether or not the state would provide its citizens the ability to regulate the new legislation or not, that it ultimately comes down to citizens regulating laws via the state structure.

Senate Republicans will be discussing their strategy behind closed doors, according to a statement shared by a spokesperson from the Senate Majority Leader ArlanMeekhof, R-West Olive.

Without the go-ahead from House Speaker Tom Leonard, a DeWitt Republican who says that he doesn’t expect support for the GOP’s ideas, but says that the door on the matter isn’t completely shut for them. Currently, Senate Republicans are going over their options to persuade the more reluctant lawmakers in the state, which include suggesting that using revenue from marijuana tax to cover for income tax cuts.

Michigan State Constitution gives its lawmakers 40 days to respond on citizen initiate legislation. The Democrats in the state’s senate have already given their side; they won’t be backing any efforts to keep the proposed bill of the November ballot.