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Facing state rejection, marijuana petitioner promises lawsuit

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MI Legalize Executive Director Jeff Hank

The state of Michigan has dealt a setback to a group trying to put recreational marijuana on the November ballot. The Bureau of Elections has ruled that some of the more than 354,000 signatures the group has collected don't count. Campaign organizers are considering a lawsuit against the state.  We hear from MI Legalize chairman and Lansing attorney Jeff Hank.

Supporters of an effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan are facing a legal roadblock. Yesterday, state election officials ruled that the group MI Legalize fell short of the required number of signatures to put the issue on the November ballot. The group says it collected far more signatures than was required, but the Michigan Bureau of Elections says some of those signatures are invalid because they were collected outside of a 180 day collection window.

Before yesterday, that deadline was an elections bureau policy. However, not long after the bureau ruled against MI Legalize, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a Senate bill that formally establishes the 180 day rule as law.

Current State gets the latest from the executive director of MI Legalize, attorney Jeff Hank.

Kevin Lavery is a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things considered.
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