The state Capitol building and Boji Tower are pictured in this view of downtown Lansing.(Photo: Lansing State Journal file photo)
LANSING — Advocates of legalizing recreational marijuana use and repealing Michigan’s prevailing-wage law cleared a procedural step Thursday and will quickly begin collecting signatures needed to send the bills to lawmakers and potentially voters.
The Board of State Canvassers approved the form of the groups’ petitions. The ballot committees must gather about 252,000 valid voter signatures within a six-month period to submit the bills to the Republican-led Legislature.
Lawmakers likely would not act on the marijuana measure and instead let it go to a statewide vote in November 2018.
A new ballot committee, Keep Pot out of Neighborhoods and Schools, emerged Thursday to oppose the drive organized by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, whose backers include marijuana advocacy groups. Spokesman Chris De Witt declined to say who is