Last year, cannabis advocates in Michigan made a major push to get recreational legalization on the 2016 ballot. Although the MILegalize campaign had gathered enough signatures to qualify, their efforts were ultimately thwarted by the Michigan Court of Claims. According to Judge Stephen Borrello, a vast number of the signatures were invalid because they were collected outside of the 180-day period required by state law.
It was surely a bitter pill to swallow, but Michigan’s marijuana backers are gearing up to return to the legislative battlefield. MILegalize, the pro-cannabis group behind the proposal, claims to have both the financial and grassroots support needed to put recreational legalization on the ballot in 2018. This time around, the local organization is working with the Marijuana Policy Project to raise millions to help pay signature-gatherers.
As of now, the group is about a month into the 180-day deadline, and are required to obtain at least 252,523 registered voters to sign their name in support. The first campaign finance reports are due in July, and will offer a clearer view of how far along the group has gotten.
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