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Forms ok'd for pot ballot signatures


Campaign to make marijuana legal for 21 and older


Updated: Friday, 20 Jan 2012, 6:02 PM EST

Published : Friday, 20 Jan 2012, 6:02 PM EST




LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State election officials have approved forms for people to collect signatures to put marijuana and green energy on Michigan's fall ballot.


It was a small step Friday as advocates still need to get about 323,000 valid signatures by early July.


There is a campaign to make marijuana legal for people 21 and older. It comes after voters endorsed the use of pot for medicinal purposes in 2008.


The other campaign would require utilities to obtain at least 25 percent of their electricity from renewable resources such as wind, solar, or water power and biomass by 2025.

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full story. actaully says quite a bit if you read the votes and what was voted on



MIRS Breaking News - Canvassers OK Language For Pot Legalization, RPS -- 10:25 a.m.


Friday, January 20, 2012


The Board of State Canvassers today approved language for two petitions aiming to make their way onto the November ballot in Michigan.


One, being pushed by the Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs Coalition, would require 25 percent of the energy Michigan-based utilities generate or purchase by 2025 to come from wind, solar, biomass or hydropower under a constitutional amendment being proposed.


The language was approved by three board members. Republican Vice-Chair Norman SHINKLE, who questioned whether the language was forcing the standards rather than allowing the market to reach those standards on their own, voted against approving the language as to form.


Julie MATUZAK, the Democratic chair of the committee, told Shinkle they could "have a debate about the content of the petition at another time."


James WATERS, a Democrat, and Jeff TIMMER, a Republican, voted in favor of approving the petition language along with Matuzak.


Also under the Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs Initiative (MEMJI), energy companies could not raise its electricity rates by more than 1 percent in any year in order to comply with the move to more green energy. The measure also mandates lawmakers pass laws to "promote and encourage" Michigan residents being given the jobs of building the "clean renewable electric energy sources." Michigan currently has a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) of 10 percent by 2015.


Petition language from the Committee for a Safer Michigan that would legalize marijuana for people over the age of 21, with certain restrictions such as prohibiting marijuana use while operating vehicles or machinery, was unanimously approved at the Board of State Canvassers meeting today.


The groups will each need to gather 322,609 valid signatures by July 9 to make the November ballot, according to the Secretary of State.




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