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Court fight looms over marijuana ballot drive

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The state Elections Bureau says the petition drive to legalize marijuana in Michigan has failed to gather enough signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

The bureau rejected many of the signatures because they were gathered outside a 180-window for collecting names of registered voters.

The bureau’s recommendation will be voted on Thursday by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers.

The MI Legalize campaign says those signatures should be counted. Jeff Hank of MI Legalize says court is the next stop if the signatures are rejected.

“We’re certainly going to fight hard for the rights of every Michigan voter to have a chance in November to vote on this.”

Hank says the 180-day requirement is tough to meet, and means only deep-pocketed special interests will be able to run successful petition campaigns.

Governor Rick Snyder also signed a bill to cement the 180-day requirement in state law.

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