Legalize marijuana group sues Michigan over petition rules

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group trying to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Michigan is suing after an elections board said it didn’t collect enough valid voter signatures to qualify for a statewide November vote.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report MI Legalize on Thursday sued the state in the Michigan Court of Claims. Lawyers for the group argue that state laws and policy are inconsistent with the Michigan Constitution.

The Secretary of State’s office declined comment Friday, saying it hadn’t yet seen the lawsuit.

The Board of State Canvassers last week rejected petitions from the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee, which contends 137,000 of its signatures are still valid despite being older than 180 days. Gov. Rick Snyder also last week signed a new law on the matter.

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  • Cathy

    Wow, Snyder didn’t sign the new 180 day limit law until AFTER the petitions were already handed in. Why didn’t FOX 17 explain the law he signed? Why mention he signed a law unless you’re going to describe it? Maybe to MISLEAD people to thinking the law was in their favor? He’s basically taking away the right of the voters to vote on this issue. I wonder who PAID him for THAT decision? What a puppet!!!

  • hateu

    Good, people have a right to vote .. It’s up to the people not our so called reps.. Every new law from now on should require a vote by the people and so away with 80% of our lawmakers