July 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm

District 27 state representative candidate submits petitions to get pot initiatives on ballot

Huntington WoodsA state representative hopeful said Tuesday he has delivered on his promise to get the marijuana issue on local ballots of his district by this fall.

On Tuesday Andrew Cissell, 26, of Oak Park, delivered enough voter signatures to city halls in Pleasant Ridge and Huntington Woods to put marijuana questions on ballots in both cities in November.

Cissell delivered 300 signatures in Huntington Woods, where voters will be asked to approve an ordinance that would permit persons 21 or over to possess or transfer up to one ounce of marijuana on private property.

In Pleasant Ridge, where 150 signatures were gathered, the ballot question is simply for police to make marijuana enforcement the lowest priority, he said.

The signatures on the petitions must still be verified.

Its very exciting, I think Ive shown I can get public acceptance on an issue, said Cissell, one of five people on next months primary election seeking to be named the Democratic candidate for state representative in District 27. Two Republican candidates will also face off against each other for the right to be placed on the November ballot.

I hope this shows that if I go to serve in Lansing, if I dont get support from others (lawmakers), I will take matters to the people.

Cissell spearheaded marijuana ballot initiatives in Ferndale, passed by more than 69 percent of voters. A similar question will go to Hazel Park and Oak Park voters in the August primary and Berkley voters in November.

Cissell still has pending criminal charges from Oak Park arrests for possession and sale of marijuana in that community. That case is not expected to go to trial until after next months primary election.

If ultimately convicted as charged, Cissell could face up to seven years in prison.

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