Pro-marijuana group loses appeals over access to ballot

LANSING (AP) — Marijuana won’t be on Michigan’s statewide ballot in November.

The state appeals court and the Michigan Supreme Court has each turned down appeals by a group trying to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

A group called the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee submitted 354,000 signatures, apparently enough to get marijuana on the ballot. But the Board of State Canvassers said more than 200,000 were collected outside a 180-day period, a decision that left the group short of enough names.

In August, a judge at the Court of Claims said the state had “no clear legal duty” to count the stale signatures.

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