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Coalition To Legalize And Regulate Marijuana Turn In Signatures For Ballot Proposal

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Michigan is one big step closer to voting on marijuana legalization. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth explains an initiative turned in its signatures to get on the 20-18 ballot Monday.

The measure would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. So it would be taxed, and could only be used by people 21 years old and older.

Jeff Hank is with M-I Legalize. He says their organization has tried to legalize marijuana for several years.

“And after doing this for years, it’s very clear all across the state in every single district of people of every single background are ready for this proposal.” Says Hanks.

The Board of State Canvassers now has to verify that the drive has more than a quarter-million signatures. After that the Legislature could approve it. If it doesn’t, the measure would go to the voters.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County.
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