Activists in Two Michigan Cities Gather Enough Signatures to Put Cannabis Decriminalization to a Vote

Activists in Ferndale, as well as Jackson, Michigan, have gathered the required signatures necessary to put their cannabis decriminalization initiativecannabis to a vote of the people this November. A similar initiative in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was approved by voters last election, and took effect on May 1st: In less than 3 months after the law took effect – from May 1st to July 22nd – the measure has already stopped hundreds of misdemeanors charges, replacing them with a simple ticket.

Advocates for both proposals will be submitting their signatures on July 30th, and both are confident that they’ve collected the required number of valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Once the state verifies the signature count, the proposals – which decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis – will be put on this November’s ballot, ensuring that voters will have the opportunity to speak their mind on the issue of cannabis law reform.


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