Marijuana decriminalization won't get November vote in Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Park


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GROSSE POINTE PARK, Michigan — A marijuana decriminalization measure isn't expected to be on the November ballot in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Park following a mistake by organizers of the effort.

Safer Michigan Coalition, a Detroit-based nonprofit coordinating petition drives around Michigan, collected hundreds of signatures.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1l9jsmc ), however, that Grosse Pointe Park officials found an incorrect date on one set of signatures that invalided the petition drive. Coalition co-founder Tim Beck says he mistakenly put the incorrect date on the form.

City officials say the date invalidated 106 of 596 signatures, making the total 490 — fewer than the 495 needed to get on the ballot.

Supporters of marijuana decriminalization previously said the vote would mark a possible tipping point in the debate over the drug in Michigan.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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