Marijuana advocacy groups throughout Michigan are collecting signatures to let the MI Legalize campaign put a marijuana legalization measure on the November 2016 ballot.
MI Legalize and the Michigan Cannabis Coalition need to collect 252,523 signatures from registered Michigan voters by the end of 2015 in order to get the proposal on next year’s ballot.
The proposal aims to legalize marijuana for adults 21 years and older with a 10% excise tax that would raise money for education, transportation and local governments.
Jamie Goswick, the director of a group in Ottawa County, said her group has collected a couple hundred signatures so far at events Ottawa County Fair and the Coast Guard Festival.
“I just started petitioning last week and I’m happy with the reaction we have been getting, for the most part,” said Goswick. “It’s not only our job to collect signatures, but help educate those that don’t know much about marijuana. The thing I’m enjoying most about petitioning is people asking questions and I get to have a conversation with them and educate them.”
MI Legalize, which is funded by the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee, is not publishing the number of signatures it has collected to date.
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