Michigan OKs recreational marijuana ballot petition, opposition group emerges

LANSING, Mich. — Advocates of legalizing recreational marijuana use cleared a procedural step Thursday and will quickly begin collecting signatures needed to send the bill to lawmakers and potentially voters.

The Board of State Canvassers approved the form of the group’s petition. The ballot committee must gather about 252,000 valid voter signatures within a six-month period to submit the bill to the Republican-led Legislature.

Lawmakers likely would not act on the marijuana measure and instead let it go to a statewide vote in November 2018.

A new ballot committee, Keep Pot out of Neighborhoods and Schools,

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