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Criminal Justice & Legal System

“Grassroots” marijuana legalization campaign kicks off signature collection effort

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Jake Neher
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Michigan Public Radio Network

A campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan started collecting signatures on Thursday at a rally in front of the state Capitol.

Organizers with the group MILegalize admit it will be a challenge to raise the money needed to collect enough signatures. But they’re optimistic.
“We have a good core group of supporters, people who are committed to getting thousands of signatures,” said attorney Matthew Abel, one of the group’s lead organizers.

“We have a professional campaign manager and a good staff. And so it looks like a great start to the MILegalize campaign.”

MILegalize is one of at least three groups hoping to put marijuana legalization on the November 2016 ballot. It’s the most liberal proposal – allowing anyone 21 and over to grow up to 12 plants.

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