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Group working to legalize cannabis in Michigan claims to be near signature goal

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Medical Marijuana

The MILegalize Board of Directors announced today that their campaign has collected over 240,000 signatures to legalize cannabis in Michigan. In order to qualify for the November 2016 general election ballot, the petition hopes to collect another 50,000 to comfortably reach the 252,000 required valid signatures.  

Campaigns are issued a 180-day window of time in order to collect valid signatures. The MILegalize campaign has been collecting signatures for a couple of months outside of that 180-day window. Some of the 240,000 signatures that the campaign has gathered, therefore, may not count. 

MILegalize is issuing a call to action and has declared March 8, 2016 as a statewide petitioning day. With Michigan’s March 8 national primary election, the group is encouraging petitioners to get voter signatures at the polling places near them.

According to the group’s press release, Campaign Finance Reports released earlier this week reveal that MILegalize has raised more than half a million dollars to legalize marijuana in Michigan. Competing marijuana ballot initiative Michigan Cannabis Coalition (MCC) showed zero revenue during the last quarter of 2015 with $54,000 in debts, signaling a dead campaign and leaving MILegalize as the state's only realistic cannabis law reform option.