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Politics & Government
Wed June 20, 2012
Marijuana legalization initiative lagging in signature collection
A campaign to let Michigan voters decide whether to legalize marijuana is not going as well as organizers expected.
It would take more 322,000 petition signatures to put the issue on the November ballot.
So far, the campaign has gathered only about 40,000 signatures, and the deadline is July 9.
Matt Abel is director of the Committee for a Safer Michigan. He says volunteers are still active.
"We're still hard at it," Abel says. "It hasn't taken off the way we'd hoped, partly because there are so many ballot proposals going."
Abel says prosecuting marijuana cases is a waste of the state's money.
The ballot initiative would repeal marijuana prohibition for people 21 and older. It would still be against the law to drive under the influence of marijuana.