Ballot Proposal To Legalize Marijuana Set To Turn In Signatures

Group to submit petition signatures today to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan

Plan to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan clears key hurdle to ballot

Proponents of a MI voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the personal use and retail sale of cannabis today turned in more than 360,000 signatures in an effort to qualify the measure for the November 2018 ballot.

Proponents of the effort, The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, include members of the Marijuana Policy Project, the ACLU of Michigan, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Patients Rights Association, Michigan NORML, MI Legalize, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, and lawyers from the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section.

The measure would legalize recreational use for anyone 21 and over, allowing adults to possess 2.5 ounces in public and 10 ounces at home.

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The ballot group needs roughly 252,000 valid signatures. If voters approve the RMLA proposal, MI residents 21 and older would be able to legally carry up to 2.5 ounces of weed and store up to 10 ounces at home. In 2015, Michigan State Police say the state's law enforcement agencies made more than 23,000 arrests involving pot.

The Board of Canvassers is expected to take several weeks to review the submitted signatures. "Just like with alcohol, marijuana prohibition has been a huge failure", RMLA spokesman Josh Hovey said in a statement.

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