Michigan 2018 rec marijuana campaign to submit signatures

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A statewide campaign in Michigan to legalize recreational cannabis will submit signatures to state officials on Monday in the hopes of qualifying for the 2018 ballot.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol plans to deliver roughly 363,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office, well over the 252,523 necessary to make the ballot, campaign officials said.

The coalition also announced it has another industry backer – the National Cannabis Industry Association, which has in the past typically not been involved in many statewide legalization campaigns.

The coalition already includes Marijuana Policy Project, Drug Policy Alliance and several other state and national organizations.

“(NCIA’s) support has come at a vital phase of the signature drive and is helping to push us into the next chapter of the campaign where we will be urging for the YES vote,” the campaign’s communications director, Josh Hovey, wrote in an email to Marijuana Business Daily.

Hovey said NCIA has also committed to helping fund the 2018 campaign and will be assisting in other ways, including connecting the campaign to potential donors and volunteers.

Michigan is one of the few states expected to have a ballot measure on either medical or recreational cannabis legalization in 2018, along with Missouri, Oklahoma and Utah.