The 4/20 fundraiser at the Russell Industrial Center (what an amazing place) was thrilling. Our speakers really let it rip and the crowd loved it.
THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER CHANCE (in our lives) TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA IN MICHIGAN THE RIGHT WAY - WITH LOCAL CONTROL, A MARKET OPEN TO MANY, AND NO MONSTROUS NEW BUREAUCRACY TO DRIVE UP COSTS.
April 20, a Wednesday, in Detroit from 4 to 7 PM, at the Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay St., Detroit, MI we will have a big fundraiser with hors d'oeuvres, speakers and fun. Only $25 admission, but feel free to give hundreds – or thousands.
Our 420 fundraiser will feature the great hockey player Darren McCarty, a four-time Stanley Cup winner, who is very strong in his advocacy of cannabis – and he will sign stuff that people bring. This is really big and we hope to see new faces. Please be there on 4/20!!
The next big fundraiser is at Sinbad's on the 27th. Please be there too ...that will be a great party.
And stay tuned for the fundraiser at Dominic's in Ann Arbor.
EITHER MILEGALIZE WINS OR THE RULES ABOUT MARIJUANA IN MICHIGAN WILL BE A DISASTER -
MILegalize is now starting to to get word from our volunteers who were out collecting signatures at the polls today for the Presidential Primaries. This was a rare opportunity to obtain almost 100% validity. Two great volunteers who really rocked it yesterday are Patricia Cissell was at the RVC in Ferndale and Chuck Voeltzel was at the Kulick Center in Ferndale. Over 500 sigs were gathered at these 2 precincts! Great Job guys and we will keep reporting the good news of other volunteers as it comes in. Now is the time to take advantage of this momentum and finish strong!
Working people giving small amounts of money have kept this campaign afloat. Right now we need your help more than ever to give our sails one major push they need. We have an individual donor who has offered us $5,000 if we can raise our own $5,000! WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. We have set an important goal that I have to ask you to help us meet:
Contribute $50, $20, $10, or $5 today and help us reach $5,000 in individual contributions byMidnight Tonight! If we get there, our office will be able to operate at full steam.
In this state we have a political system in which a handful of very wealthy people use their obscene power to continue a failed war on cannabis, profiting from the imprisonment of recreational users and medical marijuana patients alike.
This campaign is powered by millions of people coming together to transform a state, and eventually the Nation. This is why we need you to donate whatever you can, and forward this to your friends asking them to donate $5 to legalization in Michigan.
Help us reach $5,000 in individual contributions by midnight tonight! You can do that here:
MILegalize doesn’t represent large corporations and he doesn’t want their money. We have managed to raise $1,000 a day over the last 4 days! We cannot stop now and need to see it through the finish line.
Throughout American history, nothing significant happens in terms of social change unless a strong grassroots movement takes place. That’s what we’re building through our political revolution.
MILegalize needs to have a big signature day on March 8!
- Discussion and public comment regarding the proposed revision of the Board of State Canvassers’ procedure for rebutting the statutory presumption that a signature on a petition that proposes an amendment to the constitution or to initiate legislation is stale and void if made more than 180 days before the petition was filed.
March 8th is gearing up to be one of the most contested primary elections in our states history. Voters from both parties will be out to help select their nominee for November 2016. We hope whoever wins will strive for an end to prohibition. But we know we cannot wait for that to happen. We know we need to be out there now creating the change we need in our society. We are hoping you can give a few hours this election-day, you can make sure you do your part to help us make the ballot. This will be the single best day to volunteer and give your time.
Please the link below to find the polling place nearest you, if they are available please call us at, 517-215-6956 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a shift. Be sure to tell us the specific address and time you can make. Also be sure to let us know if you need petitions!
Together we can win and together we will make a difference for our community.
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: email@example.com
Authorized and Paid for with Regulated Funds by the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee, PO Box 4427, East Lansing, MI 48826.