FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2017, file photo, Josh Hovey, spokesman for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, speaks at a news conference in Lansing, Mich., where group submitted more than 360,000 signatures for a 2018 ballot drive to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. A proposal to legalize marijuana has sprouted on Michigan's November ballot, putting the state on the cusp of allowing recreational use of the drug for those 21 and older. It could also entice younger voters to show up to the polls, which could help the Democrats. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Michigan Democrats hope pot measure brings out youth vote

July 29, 2018 - 9:59 am

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — As both parties continue pumping money into the 2018 race, Michigan Democrats are hoping to cash in on another kind of green.

A proposal to legalize marijuana has sprouted on Michigan's November ballot, putting the state on the cusp of allowing recreational use of the drug for those 21 and older. It could also entice younger voters to show up to the polls, which could help the Democrats.

Legal weed boasts a 61 percent approval rating among Michigan residents, according to EPIC-MRA polling. The partisan breakdown showed three-fourths of Democrats favor legalization, while just under half of Republican respondents approve.

Michigan GOP spokeswoman Sarah Anderson says the party isn't worried because GOP candidates can be both personally anti-marijuana but still champion the will of the people in the ballot initiative.

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