Medical marijuana question may be headed to Nov. '08 ballot

November 19, 2007

Chris Andrews, Lansing State Journal (MI)

A proposal to allow Michigan patients to use marijuana for medical purposes appears headed to the November 2008 ballot.

The Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care said today it turned in 496,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of State's office. It needs about 304,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

"Seriously ill patients who are following the advice of their doctor should not face the threat of arrest and jail for simply taking their medicine," coalition spokeswoman Dianne Byrum said in a statement.

Under the proposal, seriously ill patients would be able to grow and use a limited amount of marijuana for medical purposes under the recommendation of a doctor. The state would create a registry of patients authorized to use medical marijuana, including an ID system to help law enforcement officials.

Twelve states now permit medical marijuana, according to the coalition.

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