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Michigan: Marijuana Legalization Ballot Drive Launched


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Recreational marijuana would be legalized in Michigan under the proposed wording of a ballot initiative submitted to the state last week.

Once authorized by the Board of State Canvassers, the initiative, from the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, would need about 252,000 valid voter signatures before going to the GOP-controlled Legislature, reports the Associated Press.

If lawmakers either reject or ignore the bill, it would receive a statewide vote in November 2016.

The initiative is being sponsored by "six to eight" anonymous donors from the agricultural, real estate, insurance and education sectors, according to spokesman Matt Marsden.

Marsden said that Michigan could create jobs and add tax revenue by legalizing and regulating recreational cannabis. The state already allows marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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