Meekhof comments on failure to adopt marijuana

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING— Senate Majority Leader Arlan B. Meekhof, R-West Olive, issued the following statement regarding lack of legislative action on Initiative Petition #1:

“I have been a vocal advocate for adopting and amending the petition to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan.  The petition was orchestrated by a well-funded group that chose to bring the question of legalized marijuana before the legislature via the citizens’ initiative process. This was not a question of whether or not to support legalized marijuana.  Adoption of this petition was a choice to fulfill our obligations as leaders in our communities and control the impact of recreational marijuana on our state.  The choice to adopt and amend was the most responsible way to ensure local control for our communities and safety for our citizens and the Senate Republican Majority was prepared to act.  Despite significant efforts to communicate the benefits of ‘adopt and amend’ to our counterparts, support did not materialize in the House.  I am disappointed by this missed opportunity.”