Government and Law

Marijuana legalization group short on signatures

June 7, 2016
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The burgeoning marijuana industry is drawing the attention of the State Bar of Michigan, which hopes to make the state among the leaders in marijuana-related law. ©

LANSING — Michigan's elections bureau said a ballot drive to legalize marijuana for recreational use has come up short.

The bureau said that the campaign is at least 106,000 signatures short to qualify for a statewide vote in November.

The Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee said 137,000 of its signatures are still valid despite being older than 180 days.

Secretary of state staffers also issued a report today saying the group's affidavit doesn't prove that those who signed it were registered to vote at the time.

The Board of State Canvassers will meet Thursday to consider the issue, which ultimately may be decided by the courts.

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