Detroit Fundraiser January 30th at Cannabis Counsel
2930 E. Jefferson Detroit, 48207
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Come join MILEGALIZE volunteers and board members at the Cannabis Counsel in Detroit for a Fundraiser and part on January 30th @6:00pm.Music and speakers begin at 7:00 PM wih refreshments ,snacks and good information provided.
MILEGALIZE Board of Directors members and Cannabis Counsel PLC Law Firm attorneys Matthew Abel and Thomas Lavigne will discuss the Detroit Medical Marihuana Caregiver Center Ordinances providing for licensing, zoning, zoning waivers and variances.
Distance restrictions include 1,000 feet from numerous uses and two overlays, blocking out entire segments of main streets as off limits for these Medical Marihuana Caregiver Centers.
MiLegalize has turned the corner toward getting on the ballot. Help clinch our placement on the ballot sooner. Time is of the essence. The time is now to come together and finish this.
MILegalize Fundraiser Satuday January 30th
Milegalize will be hosting a fundraiser and signature gathering event in conjunction with Down 2 Earth Holistic in Lansing on January 30th at 6:00 P.M. Music and speakers start at 7:00 P.M. and refreshments, snacks, entertainment, good information will be provided. This is for a great cause and no minimum donation is required. MILegalize is in the home stretch and we need your help to get sensible cannabis legalization on the ballot in Michigan for 2016. Down 2 Earth is located at 3001 S. Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910. We hope to see you there!
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MILegalize Prospectus for 2016
Michigan's effort to legalize marijuana by vote of the people continues into the new year with optimism and a plan for success
December 31, 2015
LANSING- The grassroots effort to legalize marijuana in Michigan is looking good for the 2016 portion of the campaign, according to campaign leadership.
"We are charging into the new year with focus and determination," said MILeglaize Chair, Lansing attorney Jeffrey Hank. "Petitioning and campaigning continue statewide while our organization handles the administration of the campaign in Lansing."
Hank reflected on the past year with praise for the workers and volunteers who compose the MILegalize group. "Our 2015 plan was successful. We augmented the 'volunteer army' of petitioners with professionals to create a solid core group of activists and an indisputable volume of verified signatures."
Those signatures collected by individual volunteers were returned to the campaign in mass quantities during the first few weeks of December. "So many signatures were turned in by volunteers before December 21 that our certification service was unable to log and verify all of them over the holidays," said MILegalize Campaign Manager Chris Silva. "They are still being processed, and petitioners that missed the December 21 deadline can still mail their petitions in to our P.O. Box or return their paperwork to petitioning hubs."
Hank anticipates an update on actual signature numbers sometime in January. The Board of State Canvassers should meet in early 2016 to confirm the proposal submitted by MILegalize and other petitioning groups to update BOSC policy and embrace technical advances in computer technology made since the law was laid down in the 1980's.
"Observers to this process feel confident that the Board will adopt the changes we recommended," Hank said. "With this in mind, we are more confident than ever that the MILegalize proposal will be on the November 2016 ballot."
MILegalize must submit over 252,000 signatures to the State before a June deadline in order to qualify to appear on the General Election ballot. "The reality is, we have to collect far more signatures than we need," said MILegalize Director Jamie Lowell, who cited duplicate signatures and unregistered voters as reason for the need to overachieve the signature goal. "Without professional petitioners you just can't do it, and that costs money."
MIlegalize will announce a string of fundraisers in January and February to support the extended signature gathering period, Lowell said. "We've seen fantastic contributions from citizens during fundraisers in Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Flint and Detroit, to name a few. That kind of support is still needed."
Press releases announcing those fundraisers will be issued in the coming weeks. Track all the news regarding MILegalize on our web page at:
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MILEGALIZE ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF CAMPAIGN TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA IN MICHIGAN
Legislative actions and proposed policy changes prompt the organization to extend campaign into 2016; MILegalize Chair Hank says, "Keep collecting as many signatures as possible."
December 12, 2015
The MILegalize Board of Directors is announcing a short-term extension of its 2015 petitioning campaign. All petitioners are encouraged to turn in all petitions by Dec. 21st, and to continue petitioning beyond Dec. 21st until further notice from the campaign. MILegalize is still paying petitioners for signatures collected beyond December 21st under current payment arrangements. The campaign directs petitioners to immediately contact the campaign to send in carefully completed, signed and dated petitions to the Lansing headquarters, and urges supporters not to resign the petition a second time.
"For a variety of strategic reasons, MILegalize is extending it's campaign," said MILegalize Chair Jeffrey Hank, a Lansing attorney. To avoid any potential challenges to the petition, MILegalize needs time to validate all the incoming petitions from volunteers between Dec. 21st and the New Year. "We don't want any supporter to be disenfranchised because their petition was not received by us prior to submission to the State. MILegalize has until June 1, 2016 to submit our petition for the November ballot. We are aware of the problems recently experienced by the prevailing wage petition, and are carefully validating every one of our signatures," said Hank.
Among other reasons cited for the campaign's extension: a possible policy change by the Bureau of Elections; a new law signed by Governor Snyder recently that could place MILegalize or a Legislative alternative on the March 2016 rather than November 2016 ballot; and evaluation of both Legislative action and other possible ballot initiatives; and funding opportunities from national groups.
Although opinions vary as to the potential impact on statewide campaigns, there is concern the grass-roots petition drive to place legalization of marijuana on the ballot in November 2016 could end up on the March 2016 ballot, or that the Legislature could respond to an MILegalize campaign filing by enacting inferior legislation.
"There is too much at stake for us to rely on a logical interpretation of this law by government," said MILegalize Director Jamie Lowell. "We promised this to the people for a November election, and if that means delaying our submission, that is what we will do. We have the financial resources to finish this drive and will submit to the State when we are satisfied we've not only validated properly, but eliminated the various threats of political shenanigans."
MILegalize will continue to collect signatures through the early part of next year via volunteer and paid signature gatherers. MI Legalize currently has the financial support and grassroots infrastructure to support a successful ballot campaign. January marks the beginning of the traditional petitioning season in Michigan. This will bring an influx of professional circulators to Michigan, according to MILegalize Campaign Manager Chris Silva.
"It was always our intention to collect more signatures than were necessary," said Silva. "Circumstances outside of our control may have forced an alteration in our strategy, but it has become a benefit to our campaign. While we could spend more money in the short term to collect more signatures, it's more cost effective if we don't have to." Some of the signatures collected earlier in the campaign will be older than 180 days at the time of submission, which does not mean that they are invalid, it just means the campaign has to take extra steps to include them.
Attempting to preserve every signature and dollar for the campaign, Hank has requested the state Board of Canvassers update a 1986 policy that could more easily validate thousands of already-collected, valid signatures for the campaign. "We are not the only petition campaign that would benefit from this change. This proposal would eliminate fraud and further guarantee the purity of elections for the state," Hank said, "and we expect they will take a reasonable approach to the issues raised. Since adoption of the prior policy, Michigan election law and the advent of computer technology have dramatically changed the petitioning landscape."
The Board of Canvassers meets on December 14th to discuss the policy update. While conventional wisdom was that only 180 days exist to petition, MILegalize has been strategically preparing for alternative options that create huge advantage for the campaign.
MILegalize will issue another statement shortly after the Dec 21st turn-in with an update on campaign strategy for 2015 and into 2016. "Until then we urge all supporters to keep collecting as many signatures as possible," Hank concluded.
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Jackson County NORML is hosting a movie night fundraiser for MILegalize and all proceeds go to the initiative. Doors open a t 6:30 and Reefer Madness and Up in Smoke will start at 7:00. Come support MILegalize at Jackson's historic Michigan Theatre, 124 N. Mechanic Street. Admission to this special fundraiser is $20.
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As we head into the winter months MILegalize needs it’s army of grassroots activists to take to the streets and push us to victory. Here is an opportunity to do something great for mankind and make a little extra money for you and your family these holidays. We are paying $1.50 per valid signature for old signatures yet to be turned in or under 100 signatures turned in from here on out. We will pay $2.00 per valid signature for over 100 a turn in. Help us spread the word and show our inept legislature that we do have the power to decide our own laws without corruption and hypocrisy!
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MAKE HISTORY HAPPEN *OUR WAY*. YOUR HEART WILL FEEL GLAD.
GET A PILE OF CHRISTMAS MONEY!
Please consider this situation.
Our last few fundraisers must go well, but, basically *we have enough money on hand to buy all the signatures that can be bought* from our company. Our sig company is on our side emotionally, and trying everything they can think of to help us (so is our validation company). They cannot just "ramp up", because we are competing against campaigns in Ohio and Florida that are paying more money.
We can't just go out and hire another signature company or two, because they are all pulling their people from the same pool of workers.
SO, we have to find lots of volunteers, and "one sheet" volunteers,
BUT WE HAVE GOT TO FIND ANOTHER DOZEN COMPETENT PEOPLE WHO WILL WORK ON THIS FULL TIME!
WE WILL NOW PAY $1.50 PER SIG FOR ANYONE WHO CAN TURN IN 100 OR MORE GOOD LOOKING SIGNATURES PER WEEK. (WE NOW PAY FOR ANY SIGNATURE WHICH LOOKS OK...IF YOUR VALIDITY IS NEAR 70% WE WILL PAY FOR *EVERY* SIGNATURE!)
WE OFFER A $500 BONUS TO ANYONE WHO CAN GET 1000 SIGNATURES BEFORE DEC 21.
So, there is $2000 for Christmas - more if your validity is high! - and you will probably spend eternity in heaven & have 72 virgins peel grapes for you...or whatever.
200 sigs could make or break this campaign, and we would pay you $300 - with much gratitude. We have pure volunteers who have pulled in thousands of sigs - but WE ARE HAPPY TO PAY. WE CAN'T FAIL!!
PLEASE, PLEASE, FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN PUT A GOOD DEAL OF TIME INTO PETITIONING. THEY WILL BE PAID!, AND EACH ONE OF US HAS TO FIND A WAY TO GET MORE SIGS!!
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN GET SIGNATURES!!!! We will pay reliably and fast.
(IF YOU HAVE A BUSINESS, PLEASE PUT ONE OF YOUR EMPLOYEES ON SIGNATURE GATHERING FULL TIME FOR 5 WEEKS!! - AND YOU STILL MAY BE ABLE TO HAVE A CANNABIS BUSINESS IN THE FUTURE!)
Some are believing, and reporting, that the abomination known as HB4209, the weird and damaging distribution proposal, pending in Michigan's legislature, does not look as strong for passage as it once did. However, many believe that passage is imminent. Regardless, even the threat of 4209 passing ought to be of serious concern for those who may support a significantly more coherent change in cannabis policy.
If the police controlling and dictating policy based on their own whacked out version of what cannabis actually is- isn't frightening enough to get people to actively oppose the legislature's damaging version of cannabis distribution, and work for the only viable and sensible alternative-MILegalize, then ignorance, greed and hopeless apathy will have won.
With an inspired final few weeks of gathering signatures and raising funds- the MILegalize approach will be the sane alternative to 4209 and the intent and approach of the big money interests and police seeking control of this new and dynamic industry.
The MILegalize campaign represents a very real and rare opportunity to stand in the way of crooked politicians and cronyism and to offer an alternative based on the true nature of cannabis and the systems that have already been in place and functioning in a productive and reasonable manner for years in Michigan and elsewhere.
On a state-wide basis, and in big cities such as Detroit and Warren and little cities such as Lapeer and Gaylord and many others- we do not have to wait around to find out what "they" decide to "let us" do or not do. "They" have failed- the onus is now squarely on us.
Please get a few signatures- and/or donate a few bucks now www.MILegalize.com and this can really happen!
These are the times that try men's souls. In Michigan, what started as perhaps a quixotic bid to legalize cannabis has turned into a grassroots movement that has raised over $500,000, engaged tens of thousands of people, and has come as close as anyone has to ever placing a cannabis legalization initiative on the ballot. However, success is not guaranteed--- and in these intense times of uncertainty-- life or death, our liberty and our property-- all hang in the balance.
This is not rhetorical posturing-- the medical cannabis that many need that is denied by the State; the danger of SWAT-team raids or homicides over cannabis; and the stress and harm that cannabis prohibition causes to Michigan families is real. Criminal gangs continue to profit from the illicit cannabis trade while the police response has largely been to develop into an asset-forfeiture ring, taking the property of innocent Michiganians without due cause. Families are divided by incarceration in a state hit hardest by the recession, while the jobs of yesterday are gone, or available with lower pay and less benefits.
MILegalize represents the hopes and dreams of so many. Since the days of John Sinclair-- hundreds of thousands of us have gathered on the steps of the Diag or at the Capitol or at protests in cities throughout the Great Lakes State. We have lit up in basements, garages, backyards, in the fields and forests, in the countryside and in the great cities of this great land. Together, it is unquestionable that we could achieve victory-- yet it is a lack of togetherness that may seal our fate to be relegated to the status quo of subjugation. We are not alone, we are legion-- we must realize this and come together now.
I know of no man that desires or is fond of subjugation. What is peculiar is knowing that with unity we could destroy the bondage of not only ourselves but of all persons in Michigan that we have not yet come together to do so. Many have tried in their respective spheres, whether it's the NPRA, Repeal Today, MACC, CSG, MINorml, ASA, SaferMich, the ACLU, or others...... but never has anyone achieved the objective or presented us with the key to the land of milk and honey. Petitions are the currency of freedom and signatures represent the value of the currency. Talk is cheap. Nothing but signatures matters-- or money to buy those signatures. Armchair activism won't achieve liberation-- only good ol' fashioned on the streets participation will. MILegalize has the funds to pay anyone to work this petition drive-- if you can work or know someone who will please join today-- we cannot waste a day. This is noble work-- laborare est orare.
Here before us now lies the objective-- the decriminalization of cannabis for adults, a right to personal grow, a right to compete in the commercial market, the farming of hemp, the protection and expansion of medical rights for both patients and caregivers. The end of asset forfeiture, probable cause, and at least 20,000 cannabis arrests in this state alone every year for simple adult possession or use. Considering that we prevent a monopoly style takeover of the cannabis market while also using any new revenues generated for the most beneficial of public purposes-- the building of roads and the financing of public education-- the strengthening of the cornerstones of any noteworthy civilization-- one has to ask, what is there not to like?
Indeed the objections to MILegalize are trifle-- typically that it does not go far enough or it creates a new tax. Be that as it may, the overall sensibility of this plan and progress it represents cannot be overstated.
We stand on the precipice of history with either great victory or horrible failure ahead of us. The only difference is whether the People of this Great State will rise to the occasion in the next 6 weeks and do the work necessary for MILegalize to make the ballot. This is not a one man or one group movement-- it belongs to us all, with no particular benefit to everyone, but rather the common good being the main beneficiary.