Petition drive now begins for 2018 legalization effort
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, May 18, 2017
LANSING—The Michigan State Board of Canvassers officially approved today the ballot language put forth by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. The campaign committee will now begin its petition drive to legalize and regulate the adult use of marijuana in Michigan.
The campaign committee will have 180 days to gather the 252,523 valid signatures needed to place the issue on the November 2018 ballot. An official signature collection kick-off event will be held before the end of May.
“Prohibition didn't work with alcohol and it has clearly failed with marijuana as well,” said Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Spokesperson John Truscott. “Our campaign will make Michigan a national leader by creating responsible regulations that will end the waste of law enforcement resources that goes into enforcing Michigan's outdated prohibition laws while also creating jobs and generating much needed tax revenue for our state."
If ultimately passed by Michigan voters in November 2018, the initiative would:
- Legalize personal possession, cultivation, and use of limited amounts of cannabis for adults 21 and older;
- Legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp;
- License marijuana businesses that cultivate, process, test, transport, and sell marijuana;
- Protect consumers with proper testing and safety regulations for retail marijuana; and
- Tax marijuana at retail levels with a 10 percent excise tax and 6 percent sales tax, which will support K-12 public schools, roads, and local governments.
The ballot language was the result of a collaborative partnership between grassroots activists and key organizations, including: the Marijuana Policy Project, the ACLU of Michigan, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Patients Rights Association, Michigan NORML, MI Legalize, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, and the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section.
For more information about the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, please visit RegulateMI.org.
Josh Hovey [email protected] C: 517-295-3496