DEAR SUPPORTERS OF REASONABLE CANNABIS REGULATION.
MILEGALIZE CAN WIN IT!
But only with big help from you!
1) DETROIT FUNDRAISER WEDNESDAY,OCT 28,
2) GRAND RAPIDS FUNDRAISER, THURSDAY, OCT 29,
We need tremendous support to get to our 252,000 valid signatures! We are right about where we should be with signatures, at this time, to hit that number – when we add the signatures we have generated to those of the firm we have hired… (at $2.70 per sig).
WE CAN NEVER SUCCEED WITHOUT LOTS OF VOLUNTEER SIGNATURES – BUT NOW WE NEED TO RAISE MORE CHECKS TO PAY PROFESSIONALS (as weather conditions become more difficult).
We also won’t ever succeed unless we can buy lots of signatures from our company.
And we will get on the ballot and then we will win. It becomes a David v Goliath thing – and Michigan voters have been lied to for so long they will quickly see through the effort to “legalize marijuana” by making the 1%” richer, stifling the budding industry under extreme regulation and enforcement, and hiring more police, specifically to harass the cannabis industry.
We must resist the natural tendency to slow down as the days get shorter. We finish strong or fail.
IF MILEGALIZE WAS DOOMED TO FAIL WE WOULD TELL YOU. We can make it to the ballot! We aren’t the kind of people to work this hard if we knew there was no hope. There would be no hope except for the angel donor who has kept us alive and strongly moving forward. We would not have had any chance without Kevin providing over $250,000.
Now, with this huge gift, given purely on moral principle rather than business interest, it is our own fault if we fail. It is up to you.
To win we have to slightly but significantly *increase* our effort – AND THIS SHOULD BE POSSIBLE NOW THAT WE KNOW WE CAN DO THIS, AND WE HAVE ANOTHER $100,000 GRANT TO MATCH EVERYTHING WE CAN RAISE DURING OCTOBER!
HERE ARE SOME REQUIREMENTS IN THE NEW MICHIGAN DISPENSARY LAWS WHICH WOULD BE UNLIKELY TO BE NECESSARY UNDER THE MILEGALIZE SYSTEM OF LOCAL REGULATION.
NEW POLICE AND REGULATORS – 34 new police officers are projected to be hired “for criminal enforcement activity related to medical marijuana”. LARA needs 113 new bureaucrats for marijuana regulation.
TRACKING – With software bought from outstate companies, any cannabis business would have to track, “linked to unique identification numbers”, all plants “from seed to sale”, inventory, test results, transportation details, conversion records, production facility info., name of product, batch number, package number, sales (with all details), returns, waste disposal, recalls; and more.
Police are provided with real time access to all transactions and records, and can come into any marijuana business at any time, without any notice. Applicants for a medical marijuana business license must sign a paper to relinquish their rights.
SECURE TRANSPORT (would be funny – except it is true.) It is mandated that all cannabis and money be moved by armored cars or “secure transport”, from grower to processor and from processor to retail…even seeds and cuttings. (Some lobbyist got a big bonus)
The REGULATORY ASSESSMENT - Near the end of 4209 there is a “Regulatory Assessment” on marijuana businesses to pay for all the layers of enforcement – which can be as high as $10,000 for a Class A grower (500 plants), or $30,000 for a Class C grower (1500 plants)
UNWORKABLY EXPENSIVE- The HOUSE FISCAL OFFICE notes: “there is a possibility that the medical marijuana market envisioned under this bill would not bear the regulatory costs as estimated by LARA”.The Fiscal Office says that the annual enforcement costs will be over $21 million, and that we now have 96,408 registered Michigan patients. They compute that if all patients went to dispensaries for their medicine there would be a $227 per patient annual cost for the necessary enforcement system. (However, most patients don’t go to dispensaries…if a quarter of patients go to dispensaries the cost of enforcement could reach $1000 per patient annually.)
MORE ARRESTS AND JAIL TIME – The Fiscal Office makes clear that the tracking law “House Bill 4827 adds new misdemeanors and civil infractions” and will increase costs related “to jails and local misdemeanor probation supervision”.
IS THIS WHAT 63% OF MICHIGAN VOTERS WANTED?, OR WHAT WE WANT?, OR WHAT MICHIGAN VOTERS WANT RIGHT NOW? NO! IF WE GIVE VOTERS AN ALTERNATIVE WITH MILEGALIZE THEY WILL CHOOSE IT!
BUT WE NEED $200,000 RIGHT NOW TO CLOSE IT, AND OUR LARGE AND STRONG MICHIGAN CANNABIS COMMUNITY CAN AFFORD THAT. Our only “window of opportunity” is right now.
PLEASE BE AT THE FUNDRAISERS/ CONTRIBUTE BIGTIME /DISTRIBUTE PETITIONS
FIGHT TO WIN! MILegalize!
MILEGALIZE FUNDRAISERS! PLEASE be there or contribute big-time to MILegalize at our website on PayPal, or send checks to Box 1358, East Lansing, MI 48826!!
Have you got your sheets and boards? We all need to get signatures, and encourage others!
The date is set – Wednesday,October 28th - for our Detroit Fundraiser at the Roostertail!
This will be our biggest effort.
The end of October is the end of the current $100,000 matching period.
Drinks and a full dinner will be provided, along with an excellent cast of speakers & hopefully a surprise guest!
Doors Open at 6:00/Dinner at 7:00 with Auction immediately following.
DONATION LEVELS – Supporter -$500 per person or $800 per couple. Sustainer Level Donor - $1000 Gold Level Donor $ 1400 Platinum Level Donor $2500 Green Level Donor $5000
6:00 PM Guest Arrival
6:00-9:30 Roostertail Beer and Wine Bar
7:00 Full Dinner Service (An excellent chicken dinner - request vegetarian meal if needed)
7:30 – 8:45 Speakers, including Detroit Councilman George Cushingberry
8:45 – We will total the contributions and see where we stand.
8:45-9:45 Silent Auction/Networking
10:00 pm Guest Departure.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE ROOSTERTAIL, OUR MOST CRITICAL FUNDRAISING EVENT!
On Thursday October 29th from 6pm to 9pm we will be having a fundraising cocktail party with a stellar program atRichard App Gallery located at 910 Cherry SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.
We will have fabulous hors d'oeuvres from Kangaroo Kitchen plus wine and great Michigan beer.
The ticket price is $150 general admission,
$2500 Hero. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite or our website MILegalize.com/donate or by contacting the MI Legalize office at 884-LEGAL-16. For more information please contact Michael Tuffelmire at 616-589-6776.”
PLEASE DO YOUR PART!! WE HAVE THIS ONE CHANCE TO CREATE REASONABLE CANNABIS POLICY FOR MICHIGAN