Michigan marijuana legalization drive poised to clear step

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By: Associate Press

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of a marijuana legalization drive in Michigan are poised to clear a procedural step.

The Michigan Cannabis Coalition is expected to receive word Tuesday from state election officials on whether the form of its petition is OK.

The initiated legislation would require 252,000 valid voter signatures before going to the Republican-led Legislature. If lawmakers rejected the bill or took no action, it would receive a statewide vote in November 2016.

The initiative is being supported by anonymous people from the agricultural, real estate, insurance and education sectors. The group says Michigan could add jobs and tax revenue by legalizing and regulating marijuana for recreational purposes.

The state already allows marijuana use for medical purposes.

A group of marijuana activists also is planning a legalization ballot drive.