Michigan has added a proposal to legalize marijuana to its November ballot. Should the proposal pass, Michigan would become the 10th state and first in the Midwest to legalize recreational cannabis for those 21 and older.
Democrats plan to make the competition between Republicans and Democrats turn into a referendum on whether to legalize the drug. Democrats see this proposal as a way to entice young voters to come to the polls, all but assuring more votes in the Democratic column by exploiting young adults’ single-issue concern: recreational marijuana.
Think about why this proposal was put in place for the November election rather than the primary. It’s because the November election is the one Democrats are banking on for their so-called Blue Wave.
Marijuana is currently federally classified as a Schedule I drug, pairing it with some of the most dangerous substances used recreationally including LSD, heroin and methamphetamine.
Despite this, marijuana is legal in nine states across the country, setting up a perfect federal law versus state law battle. Ironically, Democrats — who have long been advocates of strong federal superiority — will fight for states rights and Republicans — who are states’ rights advocates — will try the federal superiority argument.
It remains unclear whether the federal government will go after states that have legalized recreational marijuana in direct contradiction to federal law. Attorney General Jeff Sessions hinted that the administration would crack down on recreational marijuana back in January.
But President Donald Trump probably saw the political ramifications of cracking down on the substance whose daily use became more common among young people than cigarettes in 2017. In June, President Trump said he is likely to support an end to the federal blanket on marijuana.
The referendum on recreational marijuana use is a disaster for Republicans. And by the looks of what President Trump has said on the matter, if you can’t beat them, join them.