MI Legalize is one step closer to putting what the group calls the "most comprehensive, safe, and fair marijuana legalization initiative on the November 2016 ballot" with its submission of a 354,000-signature petition to the state's Bureau of Elections in Lansing yesterday.
The proposed ballot initiative would legally allow adults aged 21 and over to use, possess and purchase cannabis with an applied 10 percent sales tax that would support education and infrastructure.
By filing a petition with over 100,000 signatures past the 252,523 signatures required to place the initiative in front of voters this autumn, MI Legalize looks to head off any questions of state-reviewed signature validity. Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams said that the signature review process is expected to take around 60 days, as reported by the Detroit News.
Another potential hiccup to putting the initiative in front of voters is a bill that reached to Governor Rick Snyder's desk on Tuesday, which could disqualify signatures older than 180 days. MI Legalize's executive director Jeff Hank confirmed that around 200,000 of the collected signatures are over 180 days old, but reiterated that the bill's signage into law wouldn't apply to his group's efforts yesterday, according to Lansing's WLIX.