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Proposal could be on Park ballot


July 17, 2014
GROSSE POINTE PARK — Residents in several Michigan communities have passed ballot proposals to allow changes in marijuana laws.

Such a proposal seems headed to Grosse Pointe Park's ballot this fall, as signatures are gathered and will be presented to the city's officials perhaps as early as next week's council meeting.

Detroit resident Tim Beck, co-founder of the Safer Michigan Coalition, is gathering signatures of Park residents. He needs 485 good signatures and plans to present 625 to the city.

The signatures would allow a ballot question to change the city's charter. Beck's group is asking for up to an ounce of marijuana to be legally possessed on private property by adults 21 and over.

Similar charter changes have been passed by voters in Flint, Ferndale, Jackson, Lansing and other Michigan cities.

Beck said there are proposals pending in several other cities, but Grosse Pointe Park was chosen with hopes an affluent and conservative community will help further the eventual legalization of marijuana statewide.

More on the proposal is available at grossepointenews.com and in next week's newspaper.

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