Detroit: Court Says That Marijuana Depenalization Measure Will Not Appear On 2010 Ballot

Detroit, MI: A circuit court judge has ruled that voters will not be able to decide this November on a proposed municipal ballot measure to prohibit the criminal prosecution of adults who possess minor amounts of marijuana.

Members of the Coalition for a Safer Detroit collected over 6,000 signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the 2010 ballot. The Detroit Election Commission certified the signatures in June. However, in August the Commission voted 3 to zero to remove the proposal from the ballot – claiming that, if passed, the ordinance would be in conflict with state law.

This week a Wayne Circuit Court Judge upheld the commission’s decision.

The Coalition’s lead attorney, NORML Legal Committee member Matthew Abel, told the Detroit Free Press that organizers will likely appeal the ruling, but that the appeals process will not be resolved before November.

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