Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Placed on August Ballot in Oak Park, Michigan
A city-wide initiative to legalize the possession, use and transfer of up to an ounce of cannabis by those 21 and older has been officially placed on this August’s ballot in Oak Park, Michigan, after the city verified that well more than enough signatures were submitted to put the proposal to a vote.
The organization behind the initiative, the Safer Michigan Coalition, has collected enough signatures to put a similar initiative to a vote in 9 other cities, as well as a county, though they have yet to be officially placed on the ballot while officials validate the signatures; the group has been successful in passing ballot initiatives in Detroit, as well as several other cities in Michigan including Flint and the state’s capitol, Lansing.
“That state of Michigan is ripe for change,” says Tim Beck, co-founder of the Safer Michigan Coalition, which is using the city-by-city approach as a springboard for statewide reform.
Hazel Park, Utica, Lapeer, Port Huron, Onaway, Harrison Township, East Lansing, Saginaw, Mount Pleasant and Benzie County are the other jurisdictions where enough signatures have been collected to put cannabis legalization to a vote of the people.