Deadline to Challenge Michigan Legalization Signatures Passes Without Objection

Deadline to Challenge Michigan Legalization Signatures Passes Without Objection

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The Michigan-based Committee to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol received a boost in support after the Feb 9. 2018, deadline to challenge the group’s petition signatures for a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state passed without any objection from opposing organizations.

Despite the lack of opposition to the initiative’s petition signatures, that does not mean that Michigan legalization isn’t facing opposition. So far, two organizations have formed to fight legalization in Michigan — the Committee to Keep Pot out of Neighborhoods and the Schools and the Healthy and Productive Michigan Committee.

The Committee to Keep Pot of of Neighborhoods and the Schools is funded by the Michigan Responsibility Council, an organization that supports medical marijuana but opposes recreational legalization. The second group, the Healthy and Productive Michigan Committee, is funded by by the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

The signatures will now go to the Michigan Secretary of State’s election officer, where a small sample of the approximately 362,102 signatures turned in by the group will be examined to determine whether there are enough valid signatures to qualify the Michigan legalization initiative for the ballot in the upcoming November election.

“It’s great news, it shows the opposition must feel that we have a well-worded proposal, but that doesn’t mean we’re taking anything for granted,” said CRMLA spokesman Josh Hovey to the Detroit Free Press.

If there are enough signatures to qualify, the initiative would then need approval from the state Board of Canvassers before going on to the electoral ballot. The Board of Canvassers currently doesn’t have a timeline for when it will consider the petition.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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