Backers of ballot initiatives to decriminalize recreational use of marijuana and redraw Michigan’s legislative districts are in an enviable spot among nearly a dozen such proposals circulating in Michigan: The state soon could approve putting those issues before voters in November.
Their supporters are optimistic that will happen.
“We remain very confident in that we have the signatures needed to get on the ballot, and even more confident that voters will support ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition in November,” Josh Hovey, a spokesman for the pot measure, told Bridge.
Other high-profile proposals — including efforts to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law, shut down an oil pipeline and create a part-time state Legislature — appear to face heavier odds.
Meanwhile, the fate of two new proposals — making it easier for state residents to vote, and imposing a stricter renewable energy mandate — remain largely a mystery, at least for now.
State elections officials have spent months reviewing the proposals — namely, whether thousands of signatures the groups were required to submit are from legitimate registered voters.
The backlog appears close to ending: State elections officials say their review of the marijuana and prevailing wage proposals could be finished by early May. The marijuana and redistricting proposals are vying for a spot on November’s general election ballot, while lawmakers hope for a chance to repeal prevailing wage.
At least eight other proposals in the works don’t necessarily have the same odds.
Organizers of citizen-initiated legislative proposals have until May 30 to submit the required 252,523 valid signatures from registered Michigan voters to be considered for the November ballot. Backers of proposed constitutional amendments have a bit longer, until July 9, to reach their 315,654-signature threshold.
Ballot committees pushing proposals