August 26 is the day that the era of matching funds for MILegalize comes to an end.
Our MILegalize organization has tens of thousands of signatures coming in from volunteers, from a paid professional firm , and from our one dollar per signature people.
If you know someone who does good work and would turn in at least 100 signatures a week please let us know! ...and we all need to carry a clipboard with petitions every day!
There is no reason that cannabis in Michigan has to be turned over to finance guys from Oakland County who will not even show their faces, know nearly nothing about cannabis, and are willing to admit that their only interest is in the money it could generate.
We don't need to allow this! If we do allow it will cost us far more money later in lobbyists and Ballot initiatives to get things straightened out.
August 10,2015 Detroit, Michigan
MILegalize is in the midst of a petition drive to obtain approximately 250,000 valid signatures to put a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot in Michigan in 2016.
We began circulating the petitions in June, and plan to file them by December 21 this year (signatures are valid only for 180 days from the date of signing).
Not every state has the initiative process, so citizens of Michigan have some opportunities which are not present in all other states.
This initiative will allow any city, township, village or federally recognized tribe to license (or ban, subject to referendum) any number and size facilities for cultivation, processing, or retail sale. Michigan residency is not a requirement for investment or ownership of any facilities.
There would be a 10% tax in addition to the existing 6% sales tax applied at the point of retail sale. The excise tax would be distributed 40% to education, 40% to transportation, and 20% to the local licensing jurisdiction.
In addition to legalizing adult use of cannabis, the MILegalize proposal provides additional protections for medical marijuana patients, and it legalizes production of industrial hemp.
Detroit, get ready for the Cannabis Cup in Hip-Hop high style with an exclusive 'Secret Sessions' party August 21. The ultimate pre-Cup event features Adam III, co-host of B-Real TV's weed series, "The Dr. Greenthumb Show," with special guest Tim and music from DJ Salam Wreck. B-Real is better known as the frontman for the band Cypress Hill. The 'Secret Sessions' is a traveling underground party; the 'Sesh' event will have great vendors such as Downriver Hydro and the legendary BDT head shops, a live broadcast from the Planet Green Trees Radio Show, smokey tunes, other special guests and fun people!
VIP admission is only $75 and general admission is $25. VIP benefits include pit access, discounts, vendor swag and other prizes- VIP passes are limited to the first 100 requests. For ticket purchase - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-secret-sesh-tickets-18033343215
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And its not up to me, it is up to the whole MILegalize board, AND IT IS EQUALLY UP TO EVERYONE WHO DOESN'T WANT CANNABIS LEGALIZATION TO BE CONTROLLED BY OAKLAND COUNTY FINANCE GUYS.
MILEGALIZE NEEDS MONEY TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD STRONGLY!!
Our benefactor gave us our initial $100,000 grant, even though we included some in-kind contributions that he did not authorize. That was very kind. He then offered another $50,000 in matching funds, until August 26.
We have also been so blessed with very generous contributions from the authentic Michigan cannabis law reform community.
We have launched like a rocket, we have raised more than a quarter of $1 million and we have signatures coming in all three ways, volunteers, one dollar per signature people, and a contracted professional company.
Our fulltime campaign manager, Chris Silva, managed the recently successful campaign about wolves in Michigan.
We are in a bizarre situation in Michigan, where "marijuana legalization" is also proposed for 2016 by 2 different groups of money managers from Oakland County who know nothing about cannabis, ...but they do know about money.
The M RC, Michigan Responsibility Council, have seen their initial plan for a 10 person monopoly fall apart, they are searching for a new plan to adequately enrich their investors, and they may or may not find one.
The M CC , Michigan Cannabis Coalition, have raised a lot of money and may get their form of "marijuana legalization" on the ballot for 2016. They have only one donor, and want no help. They have top-level traveling professional petitioners. The question is, why are they doing it?
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$100,000 raised in 30 days yields a second pledge of matching funds; Michael Tuffelmire from Grand Rapids added to the Board
July 29, 2015/LANSING– In the state capital, things are looking good for marijuana legalization based on a new report from the MILegalize campaign.
“We’ve achieved our greatest goal to date: raising $100,000 in 30 days to accept a matching donation,” MILegalize Chair Jeff Hank announced from the campaign’s Lansing office. MILegalize is the common name for the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee.
MILegalize just keeps charging forward!
Last weekend there were multiple events where the MIlegalize crews were collecting signatures and conducting meetings. Jamie Lowell and I worked with supporters Charmie Gholson and Eric Gunnels to host a Town Hall meeting in Saginaw. We received a generous donation from a benefactor that does not want to be credited; Jamie picked up several donation checks on the way up, and the crowd was enthusiastic.
We also made it on the Fox 66 News, talking about legalization. It was a long segment and was one of the very first stories the news program led with. When the conservative Fox Network features positive stories bout marijuana legalization, we have to think we're winning the war.
The Port Huron crew withstood blistering heat, raging storms, winds that wiped out other booths- even intimidation by event officials- and still managed to pull off about 2,000 signatures at the Port Huron Boat Night festivities. The event actually lasts for four days, and local organizer Laura Rigby was superior in her efforts. The booth was donated by Jim Amsdill, from the Blue Water organization. I was proud to collect signatures with the crew for two days. My sunburned skin- not so proud.