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MILEGALIZE HITS SIGNATURE MILESTONE, ANNOUNCES CAPITOL RALLY
300,000+ signatures gathered in campaign to legalize adult use of marijuana in Michigan; major rally planned for May 20
May 8, 2016
LANSING- The MILegalize organization has collected more than 300,000 signatures on petitions to legalize the adult use of marijuana in Michigan, said Chairman Jeffrey Hank, and petitioners are still on the streets collecting more until MILegalize turns in to the Bureau of Elections on June 1.
The campaign needs about 253,000 valid signatures on petitions in order to qualify for the ballot in November of 2016. “We have to overachieve that number,” Hank said, “because we are sending a clear message that Michigan is ready to lead on civil rights, job growth, education, and better roads.”
MILegalize must submit petitions by June 1. MILegalize announced a rally at the State Capitol Building to call together volunteers around the state, collect petitions and celebrate the efforts of the “volunteer army” that has come together during this historic campaign. MILegalize invites all Michigan voters concerned about Flint, Detroit Public School, good government, and other issues to rally in unity with MILegalize.
That rally is on May 20, from 2-4 PM and will be followed by a gathering in Lansing to celebrate with the campaign’s top volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to collect as many signatures between now and then so the campaign has time to process them, and the campaign will have more petitions and supplies for people to take home from the rally to petition hard for another 11 days. MINORML will provide a gracious bonus of $100 to the first 15 people to bring 500 or more valid signatures to the rally.
MILegalize is still collecting funds to support the petitioning process and essential upcoming costs. “It costs money to run an effective campaign of this scope,” Hank explained. MILegalize has raised almost $990,000.00 so far, and is seeking to become a million dollar campaign this week. MILegalize is the only statewide cannabis reform campaign that is not funded by special interests and lobbying groups– a fact the campaign is very proud of.
“We are independent. This is a true grassroots movement that stands for more than cannabis reform. We are citizens seeking common-sense policies and dedicated to preserving democracy in Michigan and making Michigan great,” Hank said.
MILegalize verifies every signature for voter eligibility and checks for duplication, and has two professional signature collection firms out on Michigan streets gathering signatures that are able to increase production with adequate resources. There will be expenses through the process of submitting to the state, and afterward, as MILegalize prepares to start phase 2 of the campaign to educate Michigan voters, and will likely face opposition from those opposing job growth and civil rights.
MILegalize is hosting a fundraiser dinner/auction at the famous Dominick’s in Ann Arbor. At auction will be cannabis memorabilia, a $3,000.00 growing package, classic poster art and much more. Also up for bids: Items signed by comedian/entertainer Tommy Chong and hockey greats Darren McCarty and Larry DePalma.
Both McCarty and DePalma will be attending the fundraiser in Ann Arbor, scheduled for May 11. The event runs from 6-10pm.
For details on the campaign, these events or to volunteer/donate, please visit:
Authorized by MILegalize, PO Box 4427, East Lansing, MI 48826
THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER CHANCE (in our lives) TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA IN MICHIGAN THE RIGHT WAY – WITH LOCAL CONTROL, A MARKET OPEN TO MANY, AND NO MONSTROUS NEW BUREAUCRACY TO DRIVE UP COSTS.
April 20, a Wednesday, in Detroit from 4 to 7 PM, at the Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay St., Detroit, MI we will have a big fundraiser with hors d’oeuvres, speakers and fun. Only $25 admission, but feel free to give hundreds – or thousands.
Our 420 fundraiser will feature the great hockey player Darren McCarty, a four-time Stanley Cup winner, who is very strong in his advocacy of cannabis – and he will sign stuff that people bring. This is really big and we hope to see new faces. Please be there on 4/20!!
The next big fundraiser is at Sinbad’s on the 27th. Please be there too …that will be a great party.
And stay tuned for the fundraiser at Dominic’s in Ann Arbor.
EITHER MILEGALIZE WINS OR THE RULES ABOUT MARIJUANA IN MICHIGAN WILL BE A DISASTER –
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MILEGALIZE CLOSE TO SIGNATURE GATHERING GOAL
Campaign issues challenge to volunteers, donors; March 8th primary election announced as major signature drive day
February 2, 2016
LANSING– The MILegalize Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the campaign has collected over 240,000 signatures to legalize cannabis the right way in Michigan. The campaign is issuing a final challenge to their volunteer base– help us collect another 50,000 signatures to finish the petition drive.
Since the campaign began in June of 2015, MILegalize has collected over 240,000 total voter signatures on petitions statewide; the state requires 252,000 valid signatures at time of turn-in to qualify for the November 2016 general election ballot.
“MILegalize has always set a goal of overachieving the target number of signatures needed,” said MILegalize Chairman, Lansing attorney Jeffrey Hank. “Besides our heroic activists, we have established contracts with two professional signature gathering firms to collect another 100,000 valid signatures from voters before the end of our drive. It’s exciting. This spring offensive is the beginning of the end of cannabis prohibition in Michigan.”
MILegalize needs another 50,000 raw signatures submitted by volunteer petitioners before March 15. The MILegalize campaign is setting new standards for voter validation, registration and data analysis, creating a challenge-proof petition and laying the groundwork early for the November campaign.
“Our volunteer army has kept us in the campaign,” Campaign Manager Chris Silva said. The people of Michigan responded. They know why we can’t wait.”
The final challenge issued by the Board to the MILegalize volunteers; collect the 50,000 raw signatures needed to complete the campaign. “MILegalize is paying $2 per valid signature to our volunteers, if they register with us,” Silva reiterated. “We believe in our volunteer base and we know these dedicated people can get the job done.”
The campaign is still in full swing, with fundraisers and events scheduled for 2016. The next fundraising event is in Lansing on February 19th, followed by a similar event at Treetops Resort in Gaylord on February 20. In Flint MILegalize will be helping out with the water crisis by distributing cases of water on February 6. Petitions are still available for signing in businesses around the state or can be requested via milegalize.com and completed petitions can be mailed to the campaign.
MILegalize is issuing a call to action and has declared March 8, 2016, a statewide petitioning day. With Michigan’s national primary election March 8, petitioners are encouraged to register with the campaign and get voter signatures at the polling places near them. When the history of the end of cannabis prohibition in Michigan is written, March 8 will be a significant milestone.
“The events are always being updated on the www.milegalize.com website,” said fundraising coordinator and Board member Jamie Lowell. “We are totally a Michigan funded movement; no outside money influences our politics, and we wrote this proposal for the people. In these next few months, we need people to act to ensure marijuana is legalized the right way. This is our time.”
Campaign Finance Reports released earlier this week show that MILegalize has raised more than half a million dollars to legalize marijuana in Michigan. Competing marijuana ballot initiative Michigan Cannabis Coalition (MCC) showed zero revenue during the last quarter of 2015 with $54,000 in debts, signalling a dead campaign and leaving MILegalize as the state’s only realistic cannabis law reform option.
To volunteer or donate, please visit www.milegalize.com or contact our campaign headquarters in Lansing.
Jeffrey Hank, Esq. phone: 844-LEGAL-16 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Authorized and Paid for with Regulated Funds by the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee, PO Box 4427, East Lansing, MI 48826.
Working people giving small amounts of money have kept this campaign afloat. Right now we need your help more than ever to give our sails one major push they need. We have an individual donor who has offered us $5,000 if we can raise our own $5,000! WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. We have set an important goal that I have to ask you to help us meet:
In this state we have a political system in which a handful of very wealthy people use their obscene power to continue a failed war on cannabis, profiting from the imprisonment of recreational users and medical marijuana patients alike.
This campaign is powered by millions of people coming together to transform a state, and eventually the Nation. This is why we need you to donate whatever you can, and forward this to your friends asking them to donate $5 to legalization in Michigan.
Help us reach $5,000 in individual contributions by midnight tonight! You can do that here:
MILegalize doesn’t represent large corporations and he doesn’t want their money. We have managed to raise $1,000 a day over the last 4 days! We cannot stop now and need to see it through the finish line.
Throughout American history, nothing significant happens in terms of social change unless a strong grassroots movement takes place. That’s what we’re building through our political revolution.
At MILegalize we are working very hard to win legalization of marijuana the right way in Michigan in 2016.
We need your help, signatures, and money.
We can’t know for sure whether we will win this or not, but I will tell you one thing for sure – when we fight back we are in a stronger position and if we don’t unite and fight back coherently we will be rolled over. Our patients will be ignored and our marketplace turned over to the highest bidder.
You know this is true. Exactly one year ago we learned that we were faced with one organization that had millions of dollars and was going to completely wipe out the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MRC) and another organization which was going to turn the whole question of marijuana over to their cronies in the legislature (MCC).
With mostly just truth and righteousness on our side we formed MILegalize and set out to win, with no reasonable path ahead of us. Then we found a heroic donor who is providing hundreds of thousands of dollars, but we still can’t quite close it without you. Now our enemies have both died off; we are alive and growing stronger!
We could win legalization in 2016 in Michigan, the tide is changing so rapidly.
Please do two things:
1) Send money or come to one of our January 30 fundraisers!!! Please.
2) Participate and help organize the great petitioner mobilization for March 8!!!
MIlegalize has two critically important fundraisers on this Saturday January 30.
(Every bit of the large grants of money we have gotten has to go for signatures. We need money from fundraisers to have a campaign manager and run an office and win this complex effort.)
Detroit – at Cannabis Counsel, 2930 E. Jefferson St. 48207 – from 6 PM to 9 PM. There will be music, speakers, information, refreshments, and attorneys Abel and Lavigne will discuss the current situation in the city of Detroit.
Bring much needed checks: decide how much you can give.
Lansing – at “Down to Earth” 3001 S. Washington Ave., Lansing, 48910
Doors open at 6 PM, speakers begin at seven. Bring a check – no minimum donation. MIlegalize leader Jeff Hank and other board members will be there to enjoy the evening and answer questions. No minimum donation.
MARCH 8 – Every Michigan cannabis activist must hold a petition during the March 8 presidential primary election, or they aren’t really a cannabis activist. We know the people going to vote are registered. Please, please get you and everybody you know to hold the petition on that day and get a lot of signatures. Sign up for the March 8th Great Petitioning Push!!!
We have two excellent companies employed – paid to generate tens of thousands more signatures, but without a great push by volunteers, especially on March 8, we still won’t make it. It takes every one of us.
See the MILegalize website.
Thank you so much my friends. Let’s fight to win!
Please send out this information through other channels!
Canadian medical marijuana patients can grow their own cannabis under new regulations that come into effect later this month, Health Canada announced Thursday.
OTTAWA — “The (Green party’s) resolution process is very different from other parties. Members come up with resolutions independently. Neither the leader nor anyone in the executive of the party can reject resolutions that comply with submission guidelines, nor does the party know ahead of time what resolutions will come forward. This grassroots process is a testament to the democratic values of the party.” — Green party news release, Aug. 7, 2016.
At the Green party’s biennial convention last week, members passed a resolution supporting the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.
The move has drawn denunciations from Jewish groups, divided the party and thrown leader Elizabeth May’s future into question. May herself opposes the resolution and says it doesn’t reflect the genuine will of the overall party membership.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May speaks at the Victoria Conference Centre on October 19, 2015. (Photo: Chad Hipolito/CP)
How accurate were the party’s claims about a “very different” resolution process? Could the party have derailed the resolution at some point? Could May have stepped in to squelch the ultimate decision? And how does all this compare with other federal parties?
Spoiler Alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).
This one earns a rating of “a little baloney” — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is required. Here’s why.
A Green member requires sponsorship from 20 other members in good standing to advance a resolution. These resolutions are then put to a non-binding online vote, which allows the party to gauge support prior to a convention. Voters choose “red,” “yellow” or “green” for each motion, with a threshold of 60 per cent for “greenlighting” motions, the party says.
Motions voted “green” are recommended for adoption by majority vote without further discussion at the convention. However, members may also vote to remove greenlit motions for additional discussion and workshopping.
Motions voted “red” are recommended for defeat. All other motions are “yellow” and go to workshop groups for further debate and possible amendment.
Green party staff monitor resolution submissions and a committee reviews them for issues of jurisdiction and note contradiction with existing policy, said the party’s Emily McMillan. However, as indicated above, neither the leader nor party executive members can reject resolutions based simply on the subject.
The online vote results for resolutions for this year’s convention were available to all about one month before the event.
The leader has one vote at the convention, and is free to argue for or against any resolution.
If a resolution is passed, it becomes party policy.
THE OTHER MAJOR PARTIES:
The Liberal, Conservative and New Democratic parties all have policy development processes that see ideas and proposals bubble up from the broader membership for consideration at conventions. So it is possible for a member’s resolution to make its way to the convention floor. But in each case the route appears potentially more difficult — to varying degrees — than the Green party’s resolution path.
For the Liberals, riding associations and clubs can draft and sponsor resolutions. However, provincial and territorial associations and the federal party may limit the number of resolutions that each club or association can advance, the party says.
Each provincial and territorial association can forward 10 resolutions, one of which is labelled a priority. In addition, sections representing aboriginals, women, youth and seniors, among others, can each send 10 resolutions to a convention.
Delegates from each riding association or club attend conventions, where resolutions are grouped by policy theme. “These priority resolutions proceed directly to the plenary session for voting,” the party says.
Others can be discussed in theme-based workshops and may advance to the plenary.
Resolutions that pass become party policy.
“Many would point to equal marriage and the legalization and regulation of marijuana as strong examples of nationally passed Liberal policy resolutions that became prominent platform commitments and then government policy,” said Liberal spokesman Braeden Caley.
The Conservatives hold regional policy workshops where members propose ideas. If there is enough support for a resolution following debate, it will be handed to the party’s policy committee. The committee then posts proposed resolutions online for electoral district association presidents to consider, said party spokesman Cory Hann.
The committee, made up of volunteers elected by other members, decides which policies should move forward, based on support and convention time allotted for different policy streams. “The committee and only the committee decides what resolutions move to the convention,” Hann said.
However, the party executive or leader could be consulted on resolutions.
If a resolution passes, it becomes party policy. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it is binding on a future government, Hann said. “Party policy can help determine an election platform, as we saw with family income-splitting where it was proposed as a policy, adopted at a convention, used in a platform and eventually made government policy.”
Under the NDP’s constitution, party bodies including electoral district associations, provincial parties, the federal council, the youth wing and various committees can submit resolutions to a convention.
Party headquarters must receive all resolutions no less than 60 days prior to start of a convention, the document says.
Resolution panels open to all delegates determine which resolutions make it to the plenary floor in what order, the party says. Neither the leader nor the party executive have more say than any other delegate as to which resolutions are voted on.
If a resolution passes, it becomes party policy.
THE GREEN PARTY’S POSITION:
Green party Leader Elizabeth May describes herself as simply the party’s chief spokesperson. She says the members are “always right” and constitute the highest level of authority in the party.
“I’m proud of the fact that we’re the kind of party that doesn’t say to our membership, ‘Sorry, we’re not going to let you discuss that.’ Anything is open to discussion, as long as it’s not hate speech.”
May has issues with how the Israeli boycott resolution was handled — passed by majority vote after limited debate instead of extensively discussed with an eye to consensus.
But she says nothing can be done to change the outcome, short of formally revisiting the resolution.
“We have absolutely no latitude to reject a decision of the members at a biennial policy meeting. That is now the policy of the Green party,” May said.
“There is no power of the leader, or the federal council that runs the party to say, ‘Our members were wrong.”‘
The Green party’s statements about its resolution process are generally accurate. But the process includes at least some elements of the procedures other parties follow, including the need for a measure of support from a critical number of party members before a resolution can advance. For these reasons, the Green party’s claim that its resolution process is “very different” from the other parties contains “a little baloney.”
The Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:
No baloney – the statement is completely accurate
A little baloney – the statement is mostly accurate but more information is required
Some baloney – the statement is partly accurate but important details are missing
A lot of baloney – the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth
Full of baloney – the statement is completely inaccurate
Businesses are gearing up as previously prohibited cannabis-infused drinks, cakes and candies are about to become a legal alternative to smoking marijuana
These days, the “pot brownie” is as outdated as Betty Crocker, with cannabis edibles reaching new highs in innovation and tastes. At Portland dispensary Oregon’s Finest, cannabis-infused root beer, artisan cake bites, chocolate truffles, gummy candies and even cold brew coffee are among the delicacies.
Recreational cannabis, in the form of flower (or “bud”), has been legal to purchase in Oregon since October 2015, but edibles have remained the forbidden fruit, available only to medical marijuana cardholders. From Thursday all that’s about to change.