Detroit City Marijuana Legalization (November 2010)
Through a petition process, city residents have successfully gained the required 6,000 plus signatures needed to push this issue onto a referendum vote. The signatures were validated May 19 by the county clerk and the city council has 30 days to make the decision to add this measure to the November ballot or enact it into law. The future goal is to have a state wide vote that legalizes marijuana. While proponents believed it would save the city money if the council just enacted that law, it will instead be given over for voter approval. The law would allow those over the age of 21 to posses no more than 1 ounce of pot legally. If approved, Detroit would join many other cities that have passed progressive marijuana laws in absence of federal regulation. Further marijuana questions will be voted on in different states throughout this year's election cycle.
The city council members voted not to take action on the measure, meaning they will allow the voters to have their say at the November election. Proponents note that it would allow for the police to arrest people for more serious crimes now. The city is still deciding on the language for the ballot measures. The issue about the legality of the proposed measures is still in question, even though city law could allow possession state law would still consider it illegal. Constitutional challenges are expected, more so depending on what language for the ballot is decided on.
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- Detroit Possession Legalization Initiative Hands in Signatures
- The Detroit News, "Push to legalize pot in Detroit clears hurdle," June 1, 2010
- Free Press, "Proposal to legalize pot in Detroit headed for council vote," June 1, 2010
- Opposing Views, "Detroit Ballot Initiative Would Make Private Marijuana Possession Legal," June 3, 2010
- The Examiner, "Marijuana initiative one step closer to the ballot box," June 18, 2010
- The Michigan Citizen, "Detroiters to decide legalizing marijuana," July 5, 2010