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.
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!
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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:
Mailing address: P.O. Box 4427 East Lansing, Michigan 48826
Jamie Lowell 734 276-6318
Paid for with regulated funds by the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee, PO Box 4427, East Lansing, MI 48826.
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!
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.
Thanks to our sponsors for this “MILegalize” Fundraiser
The Grass Lake Diner
Rick ShoreHadley Hunter
Please support those that support us!
Wisconsin Cheese Castle- 10% off with your stub
Grass Lake Diner- 10% off your next meal with your stub
CK Barrymores- 10% off your next purchase with your stub
Night Light-A “Surprise”
Avenue Billiards-½ hour free table with your stub
Sweet Greens-10% off with your stub
Jackson County Compassion Club-$5 donation to “MILegalize” for every member that brings in their stub
MAKE HISTORY HAPPEN *OUR WAY*. YOUR HEART WILL FEEL GLAD.
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.