Supporters of marijuana legalization are getting closer to taking the question to the people of Michigan. The Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in petitions to the state Bureau of Elections on Monday. If the state verifies that 252,523 signatures on the petitions are valid, we’ll be voting on legalizing recreational use of marijuana next fall.
CRMLA reports having gathered well over 300,000 total signatures, with pre-verification measures showing more than 252,523 to be valid.
There was an awkward moment on the way to the triumphant turn-in of petition signatures by the Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. The CRMLA owed some $30,000 to National Petition Management for gathering signatures, and National wasn’t giving up the signatures without being paid in full.
A fundraiser and appeal to donors took care of that financial shortfall and the CRMLA met its financial need for the moment. The group is going to need plenty more cash for the ensuing campaign, particularly when the naysayers start neighing. I expect it to be dirty but I also expect voters to do what they do almost every time they have a say in the matter and vote for legalization and access.
The recent vote in Detroit for Proposals A and B, which opt the city into the state medical marijuana system and relax some zoning requirements for provisioning centers, just shows again that if you get the question on the ballot the people will vote for it.
Even though those proposals were successful, it seems outrageous that it’s taken nearly a decade for lawmakers at the state and city level to respond to voters’ choices and accept a medical marijuana distribution system. The response has been mostly foot-dragging by legislators, outright cheating by law enforcement, litigation, threats, stealing the children of marijuana patients, arresting people