“That state of Michigan is ripe for change,” says Tim Beck, co-founder of the Safer Michigan Coalition, the organization behind the initiative drives.
Oak Park, Hazel Park, Utica, Lapeer, Port Huron, Onaway, Harrison Township, East Lansing, Saginaw, Mount Pleasant and Benzie County are the jurisdictions in which enough signatures have been collected to put cannabis legalization to a vote, according to Beck.
Under the proposed initiatives, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis would be legal for those 21 and older. Similar initiatives have been approved in the cities of Detroit, Lansing, Ferndale, Jackson, Flint and Grand Rapids.
Before the initiatives are officially placed on this fall’s ballot, the signatures will need to be validated by the state to verify that enough are valid to qualify the measures. Proponents are confident that they’ve collected more than enough.