Michigan Marijuana Legalization Campaign Takes Fight to Court

MI Legalize leader says campaign has become a fight for democracy

A campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan is suing the state to get on the November ballot. That’s after a state elections board rejected the majority of their petition signatures because they were too old.

The MI Legalize campaign says the state’s requirement that signatures be collected within a 180-day window violates Michigan’s constitution. MI Legalize director Jeffrey Hank speaks with WDET’s Jake Neher about the lawsuit.

“We’re asking the court to do several things, including striking down at least two laws and one state policy and unconstitutional for various reasons,” says Hank.

He says the group’s efforts are no longer just about legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

 “This affects the rights of everyone in Michigan,” he continues. “It’s always been a fight for sensible cannabis laws, but now it’s turned into a fight also to protect, save, and improve the people of the state of Michigan’s control and access to their own government.”  

To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.


  • Jake Neher
    Jake Neher is senior producer for Detroit Today and host of MichMash for 101.9 WDET. He previously reported on the Michigan Legislature for the Michigan Public Radio Network.