If you voted again, would the results be any different?
Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) is thinking the answer is a resounding yes and if he is right, you can say adios to Michigan's Medical Marijuana law, approved by over 60% of the voters when it was on the ballot.
Since that overwhelming yes vote, the law has been battered and bruised. First the local prosecutors had a field day, replicating the good ole days of Elliot Ness when he swash-buckled his way into every illegal speak-easy in the Midwest.
These modern day Ness's raided marijuana dispensaries, grabbed all the grass, arrested a few folks, just to send a message, and generally scared the you know what out of the legitimate customers who needed pain relief from all the raids.
The courts got into the act and attacked the law even more and State Attorney General Bill Schuette loved it since he led the original charge to kill the ballot proposal in the first place.
Lawmakers are now moving to button-up the law which was poorly written, but the aforementioned Mr. Jones thinks the state needs to go a step further.
Not this year but next, the former sheriff may ask his colleagues for a re-do; another statewide vote on all this.
"Perhaps it should go back on the ballot…I would like to see that in the future."
He believes the electorate was "schnookered" when it voted the first time as it envisioned grand ma and grand pa heading down to the drug store for some pain relief via a small hit of grass. Instead he argues, teenagers ended up buying grass at stores just blocks away from the school playground.
"This is a bad law," he asserts.
But there is a political risk in a re-do, some of the 130,000 or so who have grass cards really do need the pain relief and they might be upset enough to vote lawmakers out of a job if they monkey with the law.
However, if this got on the 2013 ballot, that is a non election year and politicians would not be nearly as afraid to do it then, and if Mr. Jones has his way, they just might.