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This November, the citizens of Detroit will get to decide whether to change the city’s charter to make it legal for adults 21 and over to possess less than one ounce of marijuana on private property. According to Detroit Free Press:

A Detroit City Council committee passed today on amending a city ordinance to allow adults in the city to legally possess a small amount of marijuana. Instead voters will get to decide in November. […]

The City Charter allows voters to enact a city ordinance, or “initiative,” like this by petition. Council is required to act within 30 days or pass on the initiative, which the council’s Internal Operations Committee did today by not voting on the initiative.

The initiative will now automatically be reviewed by the Detroit Elections Commission, which must approve the petitions to be placed on the November ballot.

If this ballot initiative passes, it will conflict with state and federal law. How federal authorities deal with the potential passage of this local initiative and the much bigger statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiative in California should be very interesting.