The Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee (MCCLRIC) today released language that may be used in a petition drive to put the legalization of the adult use of marijuana in Michigan on the ballot in 2016.
"Although three groups have announced an intention to offer legalization programs, we are the only one to offer our language to the public and disclose our backers and full Board of Directors," said Committee chairman Jeffrey Hank, an attorney from Lansing. "This Act protects the patients, and is pro-farmer, shopkeeper and scientist. That should make people recognize the superiority of our proposal over the others being discussed."
The language is available online for evaluation and download at: www.milegalize.com and is included with this release as a .pdf file.
The language of the MiLegalize proposal is geared toward supporting small business. "Small businesses create the greatest number of jobs," Hank observed.
MiLegalize offers multiple revenue streams for the state, including capturing monies from industrial hemp production- a facet of the comprehensive plan that is absent in the other proposals Hank mentioned.
Attorney Matthew Abel of Detroit called the MILegalize organization, "The smarter economic policy people."
As part of the MCCLRIC effort to establish practical policies generated by the voters, the organization is sponsoring several town hall-style meetings. "We want to get public input so we can create the best law possible for the people of Michigan," said Committee Board member Rick Thompson.
"Public input has already led us to include protections for pediatric medical patients, hemp farmers and others," explained Board member Jim Powers. "This truly is a coalition of Michigan's citizen groups."
The first town hall will be held on April 19 at the Sweet Leaf, 400 S. Dort Highway, Flint, and will feature Board members Abel, Thompson and Cary Justice. The event begins at 2pm.
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View or download the proposed language by clicking on the link below:
Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee
The Board Members are: (alphabetically)
Matthew Abel, attorney from Detroit and Executive Director of Michigan NORML
Jeffrey Hank, attorney from Lansing, leader of the Safer Lansing and Safer East Lansing initiatives
Cary Justice, leader of the Safer Saginaw and Safer Montrose petition drives
Jamie Lowell, Chairman of Michigan ASA and co-founder of Ypsilanti's 3rd Coast
Jim Powers, co-founder of Michigan Parents for Compassion, father of a pediatric marijuana patient
Chuck Ream, co-founder of the Safer Michigan Coalition and longtime activist from Ann Arbor
David Rudoi, attorney from Royal Oak
Steven Sharpe, Michigan NORML Board member and industrial hemp advocate
Josey Scoggin, founder of Sons and Daughters United
Rick Thompson, journalist and Board member of both Michigan NORML and ASA- Michigan
Nick Zettell, Hash Bash Director of Operations and President of Students for Sensible Drug Policy's Midwest Alumni Assoc.
Source: The Compassion Chronicles