The majority of Michigan voters prefer regulating and taxing marijuana commerce to pay for roads and schools as opposed to raising the state’s sales tax one percent, according to polling data released last week by Survey USA.
Sixty-four percent of respondents endorsed regulating cannabis like alcohol in order to raise state tax revenue. By comparison, only 43 percent of respondents favored raising the state’s sales tax to pay for necessary road and school construction.
“Voters are suspicious of more taxes imposed upon the general population,” said Tim Beck, Chair of the Safer Michigan Coalition, which coordinated a series of municipal marijuana legalization measures this past November. “There are other, more creative ways to generate revenue to fund roads and schools. Regulation and taxation of marijuana is an alternative voters seem to prefer.”
The Survey USA poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.