Michigan Court of Appeals rules against Detroit in marijuana measure case

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February 15, 2012

DETROIT, Michigan: On Friday, February 10, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled against the city of Detroit in their decision to keep a marijuana decriminalization measure of the 2010 city ballot. The decision reverses a ruling made by a Wayne County judge who upheld the Detroit Elections Commission's decision to bar the measure from appearing on the ballot. The court ruled 2-1 saying, "It was outside the authority of [city officials] to consider the substance and effect of the initiative and defendants have a clear legal duty to place the matter on the ballot."[1]

On the following Tuesday, February 14, Krystal Crittendon, corporation counsel for the Detroit law department, announced that the city plans to file an appeal of the decision. The move will likely delay any further attempts to place the measure on this year's August primary ballot.[2]

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