Detroit Medical Marijuana Initiative Likely To Appear On 2004 Ballot

Detroit, MI: A city-wide initiative petition to “exempt” qualified medicinal marijuana patients from criminal penalties has been certified to go before the City Council, according to Tim Beck, Chairman of the Detroit Coalition for Compassionate Care.

If the Council rejects the proposal, the initiative would then appear on the 2004 ballot. The DCCC gathered nearly 10,000 signatures to place the measure before the Council.

Similar municipal ordinances have been enacted in other cities and counties, including Mendocino County, California; Oakland, California; Boulder, Colorado; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Seattle, Washington. Currently, the group Tallahasseans for Practical Law Enforcement is collecting signatures to place a municipal ordinance on the 2004 ballot in Tallahassee, Florida to make the possession of marijuana for personal use the city’s “lowest law enforcement priority.”

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