Meekhof Doesn’t Say ‘No’ To Voting On Marijuana Legalization
April 25, 2018
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) answered neither “yes” or “no” when a reporter asked him: “What do you think of the notion of the Legislature taking up the marijuana legalization issue in order to keep it off the ballot?”
“We’ll see when it gets through the Secretary of State and canvassers,” Meekhof responded. “We’ll see if that has any merit and we’ll see
Rumors and claims have been making the rounds in Lansing recently that, if the marijuana legalization initiative petition signatures submitted to the Secretary of State by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) are found to be sufficient and the Board of State Canvassers certifies the proposal, the GOP-controlled Legislature will take action to keep it off the ballot.
Keep in mind that this sort of maneuver has happened previously, and not long ago. Twice in recent
There might be more than one theoretical legal means of keeping the marijuana proposal off the ballot, but seemingly the most
However, arranging passage of such a proposal might not be so easy. Would enough Republicans be willing to vote “yes?” Which chamber would take the step of trying to pass it first — the Senate or the House?
“Do you think that’s a vote you would want to take?” a reporter asked Meekhof Wednesday morning.
He didn’t respond to that question. However, the Majority Leader clearly had more to say on the overall subject Thursday than he did the previous Thursday when — in response to a reporter asking him about the legislature possibly pre-empting the marijuana legalization proposal — Meekhof said, “I haven’t even thought about it, yet.”