Marijuana Decriminalization Question Must Appear On Detroit Ballot, State Appeals Court Rules
The Michigan Court of Appeals on Friday morning ruled that a Detroit city clerk had no right to block a proposal to decriminalize marijuana from appearing on a 2010 ballot. Detroit officials must now place the question on the August 2012 ballot.
The 2 to 1 decision reversed an earlier ruling by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Sapalathat allowed the clerk to suspend a vote on the issue because it conflicted with state law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly reports.
If approved by voters, the proposal would amend city law to allow “the use or possession of less than 1 ounce of marihuana, on private property, by a person who has attained the age of 21 years.”
Attorney Matt Abel argued before Judge Sapala on behalf of the ballot measure in circuit court last year. He told The Huffington Post he felt vindicated by the decision.
“I think they made the right decision,” he said. “We look forward to moving the drug war down another notch.”
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