GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The injunction that prevents Grand Rapids' marijuana decriminalization ordinance from taking effect will remain in place as the Kent County Prosecutor challenges it.
In November, Grand Rapids citizens voted to decriminalize marijuana possession in the city.
But Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth
challenged the proposed change in December, saying that it is in conflict with state law and puts local officers in a difficult position. Implementation of the new ordinance was put on hold.
Wednesday, Judge Paul Sullivan heard oral arguments on the injunction itself -- or whether the ordinance should be put on hold while the case moves forward. The judge decided that until the issue is settled, the ordinance will not go into effect.
Sullivan is expected to issue a written decision on the injunction as early as Jan. 21.
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Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.