WE CAN STILL LEGALIZE IN MICHIGAN IN 2016!
It is true that MILegalize passed our six month window for collecting signatures on Dec. 20.
It is also true that Michigan election law says there is a “rebuttable presumption” that signatures gathered more than 180 days ago are “stale”.
The key word here is “rebuttable”. When this policy was written the procedure involved in “rebutting the staleness” of a signature was impossibly cumbersome. Now, Michigan has the digitized and up to date QVF (Qualified Voter File). With modern technology it is possible with a few clicks of a mouse to see if a voter is still registered – AND the Michigan State Board of Canvassers has expressed a strong interest in modernizing their procedures.
We know we are onto something here, since a bill has recently been introduced into the Michigan Senate to LIMIT signature gathering to 180 days.
IF WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH SIGNATURES WE DON’T HAVE “STANDING” TO INSIST THAT ALL OUR VALID SIGNATURES MUST BE ACCEPTED. We must get 253,000 valid signatures. Procedures will then be in place to allow all our valid signatures to be counted, or we will litigate immediately and effectively.
WE HAVE TWO PROFESSIONAL SIGNATURE COMPANIES GOING FULL TILT (WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN PAID). WE HAVE OVER $40,000 (AND WILL GET MORE) TO PAY OUR OWN PEOPLE WHO NEED TO BE PAID. WE PAY $2 PER VALID SIGNATURE (and since a good signature gatherer gets about 70% validity we will pay $1.40, cash up front, to good petitioners who are productive and register with our campaign manager Chris Silva). Who do you know who will work?
IT WILL STILL COME DOWN TO US – AND TO YOU. PLEASE GET SIGNATURES AND GIVE MONEY! WE NEED TO SEE YOU FRIDAY – OR GET YOUR PAYPAL DONATION. PLEASE COME!
WE WILL MAIL YOU PETITIONS IF YOU NEED THEM!
WE HAVE COME MUCH TOO FAR TO GIVE UP NOW!!
When: February 19, 2016 - 6:00 PM
Where: Troppo. Downtown Lansing
MILegalize has collected over 240,000 signatures. We will finish getting signatures prior to June 1, and then launch the campaign phase of our initiative. We will win sensible local cannabis regulation throughout Michigan. We need your help to write this history.
The MRC and MCC have collapsed and the Legislature doesn't appear capable of passing legislation. MILegalize is now the only option for the foreseeable future to change the law in Michigan for the better.
Come get the latest MILegalize updates as we also discuss the current regulatory climate in the Legislature, the City of Lansing, and how MILegalize will provide a way for sensible cannabis regulation to evolve. MILegalize board members including Jeffrey Hank, Jamie Lowell, Chuck Ream and others will provide a campaign progress report and discussion.
Food options: 1 drink included per ticket/cash bar available
Chopped Garden Salad, Dinner Rolls, Chicken Marsala OR Marinated Flank Steak OR Vegetarian Peasant's Pasta, Assorted Chef's Selection Dessert.
- $300 Silver sponsor
- $500 Gold sponsor
- $1000 Platinum sponsor
- $2500 Green sponsor
WE WANT YOU TO BE THERE! If you simply cannot afford this suggested donation then please call Nick Zettell231-286-7898 or Jeff Hank 517-348-7922, or Chuck Ream 734-395-0811, and we will find a lower price for you.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! WE ARE IN IT TO WIN IT! SEE YOU FRIDAY!