State Supreme Court OKs Detroit marijuana vote

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way for Detroit voters to decide this summer whether to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana at home. reports that the court released an order Saturday declining to hear the city's appeal of a state Court of Appeals decision in February.

The appeals court rejected on a 2-1 vote the city's claim that the initiative should be removed from the August 2012 primary ballot because state law prohibits marijuana use and possession.

If the proposal takes effect, people 21 and older could use or possess less than an ounce of marijuana on private property without facing arrest under the city code.

The Coalition for a Safer Detroit gathered signatures in 2010 to put the issue before voters.

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