Michigan officials nix campaign’s rec marijuana ballot petition

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A Michigan campaign with an eye on legalizing adult-use cannabis in November is promising legal action against the state after the Bureau of Elections rejected its petition to get a spot on the fall ballot.

MILegalize, which submitted roughly 354,000 signatures less than a week ago, was informed Tuesday that it’s about 106,000 signatures short of the required 252,523 it needs to qualify for the ballot.

But campaign leaders vowed to keep fighting, and said they expected to wind up in court, according to the Detroit Free Press.

MILegalize Chairman Jeffrey Hank said his organization plans on filing suit after the State Board of Canvassers officially rejects their petitions on Thursday, since it’s expected to follow the advice of the Bureau of Elections.

MILegalize’s suit will target a controversial 180-day limit for statewide campaigns to gather signatures, and argue that the short window was not signed into law until this week.

It’s not clear how long such a court battle would take, or what the outcome would be.