MI Legalize Challenges 180-Day Signature Rule
The campaign trying to legalize marijuana in Michigan has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's six-month time limit to gather petition signatures.
The MI Legalize drive is still trying to either get the Legislature to adopt a law or place the question on the November ballot after its petitions were rejected by a state elections board last week because too many signatures were too old under the 180-day rule.
The lawsuit says, under the state constitution, the time limit for collecting signatures is the four-year period between gubernatorial elections.
The 180-rule for collecting petition signatures has been in place since the 1980s. But Governor Rick Snyder also signed a law last week to make clear that signatures more than six months old won’t be counted. The legal action also challenges that law.