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Pot Decriminalization Headed For Ferndale Ballot

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Marijuana advocates say they will file petitions with the Ferndale City Clerk's office Tuesday morning to get a proposal on the November ballot to decriminalize pot in the city.

The move is part of a statewide effort and activists say they will also file petitions for ballot proposals to decriminalize marijuana in Jackson on Tuesday, and in Lansing sometime next week.

Andrew Cissell, 25, of Ferndale said he collected about 600 petition signatures — nearly twice the number needed — in his hometown over the past five weeks.

"I definitely think this will pass in Ferndale," he said. "It's a liberal community. Ferndale passed a medical marijuana (ordinance) in 2004 long before it was passed statewide."

Cissell said he will be joined at 10 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall by former Ferndale Mayor Craig Covey and longtime marijuana activist Tim Beck, who was a prime mover in the statewide Medical Marijuana act that Michigan voters passed in 2008.

Beck is chairman of the Coalition for a Safer Michigan, a pot advocacy group that is fighting to decriminalize marijuana and similar issues.

Beck said the group's strategy is to pass local initiatives to pressure state lawmakers in Lansing to pass House Bill 4623, which would decriminalize pot statewide.

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Author: Michael P. McConnell
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