Michigan Activists Give Up 2022 Push For Psychedelics Legalization Ballot Initiative, Shifting Focus To 2024

Michigan Activists Give Up 2022 Push For Psychedelics Legalization Ballot Initiative, Shifting Focus To 2024
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Michigan activists announced on Wednesday that they will no longer be pursuing a statewide psychedelics legalization ballot initiative for this year’s election and will instead focus on qualifying the measure to go before voters in 2024. The coalition of organizations behind the ballot push—including Decriminalize Nature, its Michigan chapter and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)—didn’t have much time to work with after they were approved for signature gathering in March, with a deadline to turn in enough valid petitions by June 1. And now they’ve accepted that the activist-led push for reform will need to be recalibrated. “It’s time to refocus our energy,” Myc Williams, campaign manager of the Michigan Initiative for Community Healing, said in a press release. “We knew a June 1st deadline make the 2022 ballot was ambitious with just over two months to collect, and now we know we have the momentum necessary to move forward with a normal 180[-day] collection period. We’ll see ya at the polls in 2024.” In an email, Williams declined to say how many signatures the activists have been able to collect so far, but he told Marijuana Moment that he can “confirm that current signatures are still valid for 2024 as long as we turn in during this election cycle.” Activists needed to turn in 340,047 valid signatures from registered voters by June 1 to qualify for this November’s ballot. Now they will have until September 15 to meet that threshold to put the measure on the ballot in 2024. The Michigan Initiative for Community Healing would authorize the “supervision, guidance, therapeutic, harm reduction, spiritual, counseling, and related supportive services with or without remuneration,” according to the text of the measure. There’s also a sales component, with the measure authorizing entities “designated by a hospital or psychiatric hospital” that…

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