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!
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MILEGALIZE CLOSE TO SIGNATURE GATHERING GOAL
Campaign issues challenge to volunteers, donors; March 8th primary election announced as major signature drive day
February 2, 2016
LANSING- The MILegalize Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the campaign has collected over 240,000 signatures to legalize cannabis the right way in Michigan. The campaign is issuing a final challenge to their volunteer base-- help us collect another 50,000 signatures to finish the petition drive.
Since the campaign began in June of 2015, MILegalize has collected over 240,000 total voter signatures on petitions statewide; the state requires 252,000 valid signatures at time of turn-in to qualify for the November 2016 general election ballot.
"MILegalize has always set a goal of overachieving the target number of signatures needed," said MILegalize Chairman, Lansing attorney Jeffrey Hank. "Besides our heroic activists, we have established contracts with two professional signature gathering firms to collect another 100,000 valid signatures from voters before the end of our drive. It's exciting. This spring offensive is the beginning of the end of cannabis prohibition in Michigan."
MILegalize needs another 50,000 raw signatures submitted by volunteer petitioners before March 15. The MILegalize campaign is setting new standards for voter validation, registration and data analysis, creating a challenge-proof petition and laying the groundwork early for the November campaign.
"Our volunteer army has kept us in the campaign," Campaign Manager Chris Silva said. The people of Michigan responded. They know why we can't wait."
The final challenge issued by the Board to the MILegalize volunteers; collect the 50,000 raw signatures needed to complete the campaign. "MILegalize is paying $2 per valid signature to our volunteers, if they register with us," Silva reiterated. "We believe in our volunteer base and we know these dedicated people can get the job done."
The campaign is still in full swing, with fundraisers and events scheduled for 2016. The next fundraising event is in Lansing on February 19th, followed by a similar event at Treetops Resort in Gaylord on February 20. In Flint MILegalize will be helping out with the water crisis by distributing cases of water on February 6. Petitions are still available for signing in businesses around the state or can be requested via milegalize.com and completed petitions can be mailed to the campaign.
MILegalize is issuing a call to action and has declared March 8, 2016, a statewide petitioning day. With Michigan's national primary election March 8, petitioners are encouraged to register with the campaign and get voter signatures at the polling places near them. When the history of the end of cannabis prohibition in Michigan is written, March 8 will be a significant milestone.
"The events are always being updated on the www.milegalize.com website," said fundraising coordinator and Board member Jamie Lowell. "We are totally a Michigan funded movement; no outside money influences our politics, and we wrote this proposal for the people. In these next few months, we need people to act to ensure marijuana is legalized the right way. This is our time."
Campaign Finance Reports released earlier this week show that MILegalize has raised more than half a million dollars to legalize marijuana in Michigan. Competing marijuana ballot initiative Michigan Cannabis Coalition (MCC) showed zero revenue during the last quarter of 2015 with $54,000 in debts, signalling a dead campaign and leaving MILegalize as the state's only realistic cannabis law reform option.
To volunteer or donate, please visit www.milegalize.com or contact our campaign headquarters in Lansing.
Jeffrey Hank, Esq. phone: 844-LEGAL-16 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Authorized and Paid for with Regulated Funds by the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee, PO Box 4427, East Lansing, MI 48826.
At MILegalize we are working very hard to win legalization of marijuana the right way in Michigan in 2016.
We need your help, signatures, and money.
We can't know for sure whether we will win this or not, but I will tell you one thing for sure - when we fight back we are in a stronger position and if we don’t unite and fight back coherently we will be rolled over. Our patients will be ignored and our marketplace turned over to the highest bidder.
You know this is true. Exactly one year ago we learned that we were faced with one organization that had millions of dollars and was going to completely wipe out the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MRC) and another organization which was going to turn the whole question of marijuana over to their cronies in the legislature (MCC).
With mostly just truth and righteousness on our side we formed MILegalize and set out to win, with no reasonable path ahead of us. Then we found a heroic donor who is providing hundreds of thousands of dollars, but we still can't quite close it without you. Now our enemies have both died off; we are alive and growing stronger!
We could win legalization in 2016 in Michigan, the tide is changing so rapidly.
Please do two things:
1) Send money or come to one of our January 30 fundraisers!!! Please.
2) Participate and help organize the great petitioner mobilization for March 8!!!
MIlegalize has two critically important fundraisers on this Saturday January 30.
(Every bit of the large grants of money we have gotten has to go for signatures. We need money from fundraisers to have a campaign manager and run an office and win this complex effort.)
Detroit – at Cannabis Counsel, 2930 E. Jefferson St. 48207 - from 6 PM to 9 PM. There will be music, speakers, information, refreshments, and attorneys Abel and Lavigne will discuss the current situation in the city of Detroit.
Bring much needed checks: decide how much you can give.
Lansing - at "Down to Earth" 3001 S. Washington Ave., Lansing, 48910
Doors open at 6 PM, speakers begin at seven. Bring a check – no minimum donation. MIlegalize leader Jeff Hank and other board members will be there to enjoy the evening and answer questions. No minimum donation.
MARCH 8 - Every Michigan cannabis activist must hold a petition during the March 8 presidential primary election, or they aren’t really a cannabis activist. We know the people going to vote are registered. Please, please get you and everybody you know to hold the petition on that day and get a lot of signatures. Sign up for the March 8th Great Petitioning Push!!!
We have two excellent companies employed – paid to generate tens of thousands more signatures, but without a great push by volunteers, especially on March 8, we still won't make it. It takes every one of us.
See the MILegalize website.
Thank you so much my friends. Let's fight to win!
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Detroit Fundraiser January 30th at Cannabis Counsel
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.
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.
Paid for with regulated funds by the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee, PO Box 4427, East Lansing, MI 48826.
Please come to support MILegalize as the signature gathering is going down to the wire. Every signature and donation counts!
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.
Hey everyone--- it's another beautiful day to petition!!! The countdown is on and everyday like today counts. Please petition and recruit and encourage others to do the same. If you need paper, flyers, posters, please contact the campaign and request a package be delivered to you. We are in the home stretch but this is where the work counts the most. We are paying for signatures and have a bonus incentive of $500 for anyone that gets 1,000 valid new sigs between Nov 5 and Dec 15.
This is it-- Michigan voters have the chance to end cannabis prohibition and all the badges and appendices of oppression that come along with it. MILegalize is poised to become the first people's cannabis initiative in world history and pass the most progressive legislation in the United States-- and you can help be a part of history. Together we will smash the oligarchy and it's tentacles of conspiracy right here in the heartland and liberate Michigan's 10 million residents. This will be the vote heard around the world!
MILegalize Fundraiser October 25th in Ypsilanti's Historic Depot Town
Please Join us Starting at 6:30 P.M. at Sidetrack's Located at 56 E. Cross St, Ypsilanti