Marijuana Decriminalization Targeted in Suburb

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GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Supporters of marijuana decriminalization are looking to the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Park as a possible tipping point in the debate over the drug in Michigan.

Safer Michigan Coalition, a Detroit-based nonprofit coordinating petition drives around Michigan, collected hundreds of signatures Grosse Pointe Park to get a proposal on the November ballot. As many as 18 other Michigan communities could see votes this year.

Coalition co-founder Tim Beck notes Grosse Pointe Park is relatively affluent and conservative. He tells the Detroit Free Press "Grosse Pointe Park is an experiment with us because we've never taken on this economic and cultural demographic before."

City Councilwoman Laurie Arora says: "It's unfortunate that our community has been targeted as a test case."

Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing voters approved proposals last year.

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