Legalize marijuana group submits 354,000 signatures to state

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LANSING, Mich. - A group trying to legalize marijuana in Michigan says it has submitted about 354,000 valid signatures to the state just before the deadline.

Whether the state considers that many signatures submitted Wednesday as valid remains unclear: A bill presented to Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday would stop such groups from counting signatures older than 180 days.

Current law allows them to count older signatures toward the roughly 253,000 they need to put the measure before voters. However, neither Snyder's office nor the Secretary of State's office would say whether the bill before Snyder would apply to the marijuana advocacy group.

Jeffrey Hank, the group's director, says they turned in about 200,000 signatures older than 180 days. He says even if Snyder signs the bill it wouldn't apply to them.

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