Advocates to deliver signatures for recreational marijuana petition to Lansing today


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    (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Supporters pushing for the regulation and legalization of recreational marijuana will present their petition to have the issue on Michigan's 2018 ballot.

    The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) says it gained more than 360,000 signatures to get the issue on the November 2018 ballot, letting voters make the ultimate decision.

    The CRMLA says marijuana should be treated like alcohol, and regulated and taxed through the state.

    Their petition calls for marijuana to be legal for anyone over 21 years old. There would be a limit on how much a person could possess in public, 2.5 ounces, and at home, 10 ounces. Marijuana will be taxed and those taxes will go toward research for medical marijuana treatment for veterans, school and education funding and road and bridge repairs.

    The CRMLA did face some challenges in getting the petition and signatures needed to get it on the 2018 ballot. The firm hired to gather the 252,000 signatures needed wanted their $30,000 payment at the beginning of last week. The Detroit News is reporting that money has been raised.

    The signatures will be delivered to the state in Lansing Monday. The groups behind the push to get recreational marijuana on the ballot will have a news conference at 1 p.m. Newschannel 3 will bring you updates.

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