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Michigan Cannabis Coalition Publicly Withdraws Their Marijuana Legalization Language

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michigan cannabis coalitionThe Michigan Cannabis Coalition (MCC) today took a major setback in their campaign to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in Michigan. In a surprise move before a large crowd filled with government employees, citizens and media, the Oakland County-based special interest group withdrew their petition from consideration by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers.

The MCC is just one of three groups trying to legalize adult use of marijuana in Michigan via the petition process. The Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative, commonly known as MILegalize, is the frontrunner in that competition and had not yet issued a statement on their opponent’s self-proclaimed step backward.

The Board of State Canvassers must approve any language offered by prospective petitioners. The MILegalize group is nearly prepared to submit their language through the same process.

“A lot of people were there,” said Josey Scoggin, co-founder of the Michigan organization Sons and Daughters United, who attended the Board meeting. Many were “shocked when (the petition) was withdrawn,” she observed.

“I think some people were disappointed,” said Jamie Lowell, Chair of the Michigan chapter of Americans for Safe Access, who noted people leaving after the MCC’s representative made the announcement.

The representative advised the Board that the language would be re-submitted at a later date. The Associated Press calls the MCC “anonymous people” who “had been expected to have the form of its petition approved by the Board” before the abrupt about-face.

The Board did approve a petition drive regarding a prevailing wage in Michigan, and earlier this month approved a fracking ban proposal for signature collection.

The next meeting of the Board of State Canvassers has not been scheduled.

Source: The Compassion Chronicles

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  1. Steven Jacob Lull on

    right so if people are currently going to jail over the medical marijuna act,,, and you dont change the act,,, then people will still go to jail over the medical marijuna act, as they have been since 2008 no change literally means no change. as in no more protections than are currently offered, there are three differant bills being put to us at least, that call for a legalization model.,… none of them get it right,, milegalize has the best of them, i just dont think its the best for our state, im holding out and working on what i think would be a better way.

  2. Steven Jacob Lull on

    in washington state where legalization has occured, your recreational joint is $30 bucks,, cant see how thats cheaper anyway you cut it,,, here in michigan the legalize crews want t special sin taxz for cannabis,,, so, +10% sin taxt +6% state sales tax then the fed said if a state legalizes and taxes cannabis they get to further tax it so add another 10% to that,,, and BAMNa recreational joint costs $30 bucks :) ouch…

  3. “Doing the most for cannabis legalization” republicans do not do! Republicans are the worst Chris Christie said he “would crack down on Colorado and other states that have legalized it if he was president !!” How u gonna take away something THE PEOPLE OF COLORADO VOTED YES FOR >? Politicians are supposed to serve the public not create more government overreach where the people say they don’t want it and are supposed to work in the peoples best interest, not against the peoples wishes of freedom of the pursuit of happiness they vote for. I’ll never vote republican unless they change their stance on legalizing cannabis! Screw republicans when it comes to cannabis!! Democrat or libertarians are for cannabis decriminalization.. republicans have ‘the old demonize the weed’ ronald reagan approach ;) it’s the future and cannabis will be legal federally in the next 5-9 years mark my words :)

  4. Milegalize proposal defines a marijuana plant as being 12 inches tall or 12 inches in diameter. So clones and teens do not count as plants.

  5. How does insulting the party that is doing the most on the federal level, helping?

  6. I agree. Republicans are worse. It is only a matter of time before their Prohibition ends.

  7. Yea. I can legally possess 12 plants now so I wouldn’t want to vote for a proposal that allows me only 2. What the hell is anyone going to do with 2 plants? That would be one mother plant and one clone. It would be nearly pointless in my opinion.

  8. The “owners” of this site lost a lot of credibility when they went to “Disqus” (which is nothing more than a “service” that promotes censorship. Welcome to the new NAZI regime!)

  9. Yes it will but it won’t effect the medical side. People want FULL LEGALIZATION/DECRIMINILIZATION! medical cannabis was just a steppingstone to get us there. ;)

  10. Vote against it you’ll be on the losing side of history. It will pass it’s what people want.. u are 1 person. I know the majority want it legal check the polls ;)

  11. Sure are but Republicans are real BAAAAAD On Cannabis Most democrats want it legal. When bush was in office california couldn’t catch a break funding from the feds raiding medical clubs weekly and busting up co-ops. Now they run freely under democratic gov. they look the other way.,And they let cannabis thrive from my observations. Republicans are a-holes democrats are the lesser evil. But the weed shoulda been legal by now wait 5-10 years it will be federally legal don’t worry.

  12. I agree, like MCC wanted people to be able to grow 2 plants ,MIlegalize want 12 plants per person over 21. I think MIlegalize has the better approach. ;)

  13. I will vote in favor of a proposal that makes sense, not just any because they promise legalization

  14. I will vote in favor of a proposal that makes sense, not just any because they promise legalization

  15. Hypocrite. Not hippo-crite. Jeez.
    Hippocrates of Kos (/hɪˈpɒkrəˌtiːz/; Greek: Ἱπποκράτης; Hippokrátēs; c. 460 – c. 370 BC), was a Greek physician

  16. Hypocrite. Not hippo-crite. Jeez.
    Hippocrates of Kos (/hɪˈpɒkrəˌtiːz/; Greek: Ἱπποκράτης; Hippokrátēs; c. 460 – c. 370 BC), was a Greek physician

  17. Democrats and republicans all work for the same masters. Their public affiliations don’t mean anything because they hide their real intentions until they get in office. They are all corrupt and despicable shills.

  18. Democrats and republicans all work for the same masters. Their public affiliations don’t mean anything because they hide their real intentions until they get in office. They are all corrupt and despicable shills.

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