Group Behind Michigan Legalization Initiative Facing Debt and Deadlines

Group Behind Michigan Legalization Initiative Facing Debt and Deadlines

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The group behind a Michigan legalization initiative is in dire need of cash to pay off the company it hired to gather signatures for its ballot initiative. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is in debt to National Petition Management for approximately $30,000, as reported by MLive.

Complicating the group’s debt issue is a sense of urgency. Under Michigan state law, ballot petitoners must gather all of the required 252,523 signatures within a 180-day period or the signatures will be declared invalid.

With the 180-day window soon coming to a close, the CRMLA has until Nov. 22, 2017, to pay National Petition Management and submit the collected signatures before they’re invalidated.

Despite the deadline, group spokesman Josh Hovey told The Detroit News that the group’s need of cash is nothing to worry about.

“I wouldn’t call it a problem,” Hovey said. “We need to pay off our final balance to them and then make sure we double check all the signatures before turning them in. If anything, it’s giving us extra time to make sure that work is done and done right.”

As a means of bolstering the Michigan legalization campaign’s final push, CRMLA recently announced that the National Cannabis Industry Association has come on board to give the campaign added reach and exposure.

“The 2018 ballot initiative put forth by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol combines some of the best practices and regulations from around the country and we are excited to take part in supporting this effort,” said Aaron Smith, Executive Director of NCIA, in a press release.

CRMLA has plans for a press conference at 1 p.m. on Nov. 20 in Lansing to announce its turning in of signatures. The exact location in Lansing has yet to be announced.

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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