Backers of a petition drive to legalize adult usage of marijuana are concerned tonight that Republicans may try to change the law if the voters adopted it in November.
Here’s the inside story on one scenario that may happen even though a top Republican leader won’t confirm it.
Lansing lawyer Jeffrey Hank can’t confirm this, but he’s heard rumblings that some Republicans may want to change the marijuana law if the voters approve it.
Theoretically the Senate Republican leader could allow the issue to go to the ballot and if the voters said yes, then in the lame duck post election session, they could come back and change it.
Detroit Democrat Sen. Coleman Young, Jr., who favors legalized pot, objects if that happens.
“I think that would be wrong,” said the senator. “I think that would be subverting the will of the voters.
I think it’s disrespectful to the people who seriously are passionate about this issue and want to end the drug war.”
There is precedent for undoing what the voters approve.
Gov. Snyder and the Republicans reinstituted the Emergency Manager law after the voters tossed it out.
“This is the legislature that screwed up everything from Flint, MSU and the roads,” said Hank. “And we don’t trust them to do legalization of pot either.
Hank agrees lawmakers could basically take away the entire intent of the law.
But Senate Republican leader Arlan Meekhof won’t confirm that he is considering this post-election strategy.
So could he come back in the lame duck session and change it?
“I don’t know. We’re asking about it,” says Mr. Meekhof. “I haven’t considered anything beyond getting it to my floor first.”
But Senator Rick Jones, who opposes legalized pot, would vote in a lame duck session to change the law if the voters say yes.
“If the people of Michigan want it, I’m willing to come back in lame duck and perfect the law,” said Mr. Jones.
Which is exactly what Mr. Hank and his followers fear.