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Mon January 9, 2012
Legalizing marijuana petition drive starts this week
By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network
Lansing, MI – A campaign to legalize marijuana is expected to launch a campaign this week to get the question of legalization before voters this November.
Organizer Matthew Abel says he thinks most Michigan voters want to legalize marijuana.
"It's pretty clear that the polls in favor of ending the drug war, especially against marijuana, go in our favor," says Abel.
Voters in Michigan approved the state's medical marijuana law by a wide margin in 2008. Abel says the campaign to legalize marijuana does not yet have the same level of funding the medical marijuana campaign had a couple years ago. The campaign to legalize marijuana must gather more than 300,000 valid signatures by early July to get the question on the ballot.
The state Supreme Court will also hear a case this week on the rules for medical marijuana clinics.