The Michigan Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal Wednesday to attorneys for the MI Legalize group, making it all but certain that November ballots in Michigan won’t include a marijuana question.
The state Supreme Court refused to accept the emergency appeal by Lansing lawyer Jeff Hank, in effect affirming rulings by lower courts that blocked the petition drive of MI Legalize, a group of activists who want marijuana to be made legal in Michigan.
The group waged a yearlong, $1-million campaign to get its marijuana question on fall ballots. But state election officials declared in June that at least 200,000 of the signatures MI Legalize submitted were “stale.” That means they had been gathered outside of the state’s 180-day window for signatures, imposed in the 1980s on those conducting referendum petition drives. [Read more at Detroit Free Press]