Michigan Initiative Effort Fails to Obtain Necessary Signatures 7/14/00

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Michigan's Personal Responsibility Act initiative will not be on the ballot in November. The campaign for the initiative, which would legalize the possession of up to three ounces of marijuana and divert seized assets to voluntary treatment and prevention programs, failed to gain the required number of signatures by this week's deadline.

The initiative received no backing from the deep-pocketed backers of other initiatives and relied on $10,000 from organizer Gregory Schmid and donations from sympathizers.

Schmid, who is the Michigan coordinator for NORML, vowed to continue the struggle.

"We're starting right away," he told the Saginaw (Michigan) News. "With a little luck and $75,000, we should be able to successfully pull it off."

In fact, in an e-mail distributed among drug reformers, Schmid said the petition drive would continue. "The July 10th deadline is for the November 2000 election only, and we can still go for 2002 as long as we stay within the six-month rule."

The six-month rule refers to the period of time over which the signatures can be gathered.

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