Despite facing debt and deadlines, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol’s voter initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Michigan will most likely qualify for the ballot.
On Nov. 20, 2017, the CRMLA announced that it had turned in approximately 360,000 signatures to the Secretary of State, well above the state minimum of 252,000 signatures required to qualify for the ballot.
For a brief time there was doubt that the legalization initiative would make it on the ballot, due in part to the fact that the CRMLA owed approximately $30,000 to the group it had hired to collect the signatures and it was up against a Nov. 22 deadline to settle accounts or run the risk of having the gathered signatures become invalidated.
However, thanks to a last minute fundraising blitz, the group was able to raise the required amount.
“Collecting enough signatures to get on the ballot is always a massive undertaking and we’re thrilled to have gathered more than 100,000 signatures beyond the 252,000 required by the state,” said CRMLA spokesman Josh Hovey in a statement.
With the debt paid off and the signatures turned in, it will now be up to the Secretary of State’s office to determine whether the CRMLA’s initiative meets all of the requirements to qualify for the ballot. If approved, the legalization initiative would go on the ballot for Nov. 6, 2018.