Michigan’s Marijuana Legalization Vote Campaigns Heat Up

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Initial reports ahead of a key filing deadline less than two weeks ahead of Election Day for Michigan campaign committees formed to support or oppose the state’s marijuana legalization ballot measure show that only two of the groups are still actively receiving and spending money.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a pro-legalization group, does not yet have its full October 2018 report uploaded. But as of Oct. 25, the group reported that it had received $67,500 from New Approach Political Action Committee (PAC), a national group that has supported cannabis ballot measures in other states in past election cycles. That’s on top of $165,000 the political action committee had contributed in May through July 2018.

The full report for prohibitionist group Healthy and Productive Michigan is also still not visible on the Secretary of State’s site, but it submitted three separate contribution reports for the previous three months totaling $125,000 in contributions. Of that, $50,000 came from Business Leaders for Michigan, with another $50,000 from ITC Holdings. Fannie Lou Hamer PAC donated $15,000, and billionaire William Parfet donated $10,000.

The group also reported that it had received $600,000 from AdVictory LLC. But the Associated Press’s David Eggert tweeted on Oct. 26, 2018, that the company had informed him this was a filing error, and that it had in fact been the recipient of funds to create ads for the PAC. The PAC reported $40,000 in payments to AdVictory in its July filings to the Secretary of State.

Three other committees showed little or no activity. Abrogate Prohibition Michigan reported it had received $23 and spent $22. The Committee to Keep Pot Out of Neighborhoods and Schools filed a report indicating they had neither received or spent any funds in the past quarter. Reports have not yet been uploaded for MI Legalize 2018, another pro-legalization PAC.

This article has been republished from Marijuana Moment under a content syndication agreement. Read the original article here.

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