Skubick: Showdown looming over pot petitions

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – This will be a busy week in the state court system as backers of legalized marijuana are battling to get on the ballot.

The high court may get involved in a statewide petition drive to legalize adult usage of pot.

East Lansing attorney Jeffrey Hank wants to place the issue on the November ballot but the legislature passed a law giving Mr. Hanks 180 days to gather 250,000 signatures and he admits he has not done that.

But if the court tosses out the new law, he’s got a better chance of getting this on the ballot. He accuses the legislature of changing the rules in the middle of the game.

“It is my opinion that you can not shorten or place some burden on the process in the middle of the game,” says Hank.

Mr. Hank is waiting to file suit, hoping the governor will veto the 180 day.

When asked if he thought the governor will veto the petition deadline, Hank said “the governor might be a closet supporter of ours. This is his time to show that he is serious about protecting our constitution.”

But even if the governor vetoes the bill, the anti-marijuana folks could still ask the courts to toss out the petition drive anyway.

This could be a busy week for the Supreme Court.

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