Man Facing Marijuana Trial Files to Run for Michigan House

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OAK PARK, Mich. (AP) -- A Detroit-area marijuana advocate facing a felony trial on charges he sold the drug has filed to run for a seat in the Michigan House.

Andrew Cissell is running in the 27th district, which includes Hazel Park and his hometown of Oak Park.

Activists submitted petitions Tuesday to put marijuana legalization questions on August ballots in both cities.

Cissell is running on a platform that is almost exclusively about legalizing cannabis. He says he hopes the proposals will sweep him to a primary victory this summer.

The problem is: Cissell could be in jail come election time. The 26-year-old's trial is set to get underway in May.

Campaign spokeswoman Debra Young tells the Detroit Free Press that even if Cissell ends up behind bars, the "movement will go on."

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