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“Grassroots” marijuana legalization campaign kicks off signature collection effort

Jun 25, 2015

Dozens of marijuana activists gathered at the state Capitol on Thursday to kick off signature collection efforts to legalize marijuana in Michigan. The group MILegalize is one of three groups hoping to put the issue on the November 2016 ballot.
Credit Jake Neher / 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.