Michigan Marijuana Legalization Campaign Takes Fight to Court

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.

Image credit: Jake Neher/WDET

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Jake Neher

Detroit Today - Producer & Special Projects Reporter

Jake Neher is a producer & reporter for Detroit Today

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