Michigan Pro-Marijuana Group Loses Challenge Over Access to Ballot

Group was hoping to put the question on the fall ballot

A group trying to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Michigan, has failed to persuade a judge to put the question on the fall ballot.

A group called the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee submitted 354,000 signatures, apparently enough to get marijuana on the ballot.

The Board of State Canvassers in June said more than 200,000 were collected outside a 180-day period, a decision that has left the group short of enough names.

The judge says the Secretary of State’s Office and other defendants “have no clear legal duty” to count the stale signatures.

Appeals are in the works, possibly all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court.

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