MI Legalize turns in 354,000 signatures to state officials

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Published: Jun. 1, 2016 at 6:06 PM EDT
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MI Legalize, a marijuana legalization group, turned in an estimated 354,000 signatures to state officials today in an effort to legalize marijuana in Michigan.

The group piled 61 boxes of ballot signatures outside the Richard H. Austin building in Lansing where the State of Michigan: Bureau of Elections office is.

A bill presented to Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday could stop groups like this one from counting signatures older than 180 days. Under current law they are allowed to count older signatures.

They needed roughly 253,000 to put the measure in front of voters.

The Associated Press reports that neither Snyder's office nor the Secretary of State's office would say if the bill would apply to MI Legalize's efforts.

The group's director, Jeffrey Hank, says that they turned in about 200,000 signatures that were older than 180 days. He also says that even if Snyder signs the bill it wouldn't apply to them.