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Michigan: Supreme Court Says Detroit Voters Can Decide On Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director June 12, 2012

    The Supreme Court for the state of Michigan has ruled that city election officials cannot prevent Detroit voters from deciding on a municipal ballot measure that seeks to remove marijuana possession penalties for those age 21 or older.

    The Court refused to review an appeal brought by the Detroit City Clerk’s office and the Detroit Election Commission that sought to strike down the proposed ballot question, sponsored by the group Coalition for a Safer Detroit.

    In 2010, the Coalition collected over 6,000 signatures from registered voters to place the measure on that year’s electoral ballot. The vote failed to take place, however, because election officials at the time alleged that the proposal conflicted with state anti-drug laws.

    This past February, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Detroit election officials acted illegally in 2010 when they denied voters the opportunity to decide on the issue. “[Plaintiff[s] had a clear legal right to the placement of the initiative on the ballot,” the court ruled.

    The Supreme Court’s ruling upholds the Appellate court’s decision. Detroit voters will now decide on the measure this November.

    More information about this campaign is available here.

    27 Responses to “Michigan: Supreme Court Says Detroit Voters Can Decide On Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure”

    1. raymond g. arrington kofh men eye stir Sunshine says:

      alpha omegans, Rastas, native american church, moonies, and many other religions already enjoy pot and higher schedule drugs… the federal government and many states already grow, distribute and have ultimate users of pot… the 14th amendment makes everyone else legally able to use the same people… also read scaffer report and studdy the nixon tapes people… current pot laws originate from the fraud u will find there… also remember natural liberty is described in the courts as “property that a person has acquired and has harmed nobody with remains the persons private property”
      ur constitutions and bills of right are printed on them people… the government is still making fuel from them… makes me mad everytime i pass a gas pump…

    2. Dan says:

      My only questions is the vote was passed 2-1. I wonder who the judge was that passed that it was okay and what reason could he possibly have for denying citizens the right to vote on something.

    3. Mciranny says:

      Today Detroit tomorrow the entire United States and we can all commence to chill out. Lol

    4. Galileo Galilei says:

      This is a real victory for the voters of Detroit. I’m sure it’s no surprise to the fans of NORML how often democracy itself takes a backseat to cruel drug war ideology.

    5. Anonymous says:

      so, the Detroit City Clerk’s office and the Detroit Election Commission denied people their rights.

      sounds like grounds for a lawsuit to me.

    6. Anonymous says:

      anon. there WAS a lawsuit. That’s what this article is about: a lawsuit.

    7. Peter says:

      “so, the Detroit City Clerk’s office and the Detroit Election Commission denied people their rights.

      sounds like grounds for a lawsuit to me.”

      Try owning a gun in Illinois, especially Chicago.

    8. Joel: the other Joel says:

      That is very good news for democracy. I hope it all works on November 2012.

      Liberty rules.
      VOTE!

    9. Warren says:

      Sounds like grounds for a war to me. When the American Colonists declared themselves independent of British rule they did so because of taxation without representation in Parliament and other less prominent reasons like Colonial billeting of British soldiers in their homes. It seems to me that governmental assumption of authority it does not have, rampant police murder and brutality of citizens, false arrests by the thousands, and many other crimes against the people our government and cops commit on a regular occurrence, and the sale of legislative votes and court decisions to special interests groups give us many times more justification for revolt and open war than the original rebels in the first American Revolution.

    10. Dave says:

      Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

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