Andrew Cissell )
Ferndale— A candidate for state representative who started a petition to decriminalize marijuana in Ferndale was charged Tuesday with voter fraud.
Andrew Cissell, 25, was charged with the misdemeanor offense and released on personal bond by Ferndale District Magistrate J. Patrick Brennan.
Cissell, who has five pending charges against him for allegedly selling marijuana to a police informant, now faces charges of making false statements on petitions that led to the marijuana issue being put to city voters on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The voter fraud offense is punishable by up to 93 days in jail. His next court appearance is set for Oct. 24.
Cissell remains a Democratic candidate for state representative in District 27, which includes Ferndale. The marijuana sales offenses are felonies that carry four-year sentences.
Cissell was charged last month after allegedly selling marijuana at an Oak Park address, believed to be his home. Cissell had earlier listed his residence as Ferndale on a petition to gather enough signatures to put the marijuana question on the ballot. Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement officers determined the Ferndale address belonged to his father.
At Cissell’s Oak Park court appearance last month, his father told reporters his son hadn’t lived at the address in more than three years.
The marijuana initiative seeks to make it legal for Ferndale residents 21 and older to posses or transfer up to an ounce of marijuana on private property.