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Judge denies Oakland Cares Coalition’s motion

By Don Rush

The little Village of Leonard, population around 380, found itself involved in what looks like a state-wide movement. On Aug. 24, legal counsel for the village, Oakland County and the Oakland Cares Coalition were before the Honorable Judge Yasmine Poles of the Oakland County Circuit Court in an online hearing.

The coalition went before Judge Poles to force the village and county to change the village’s Nov. 8 ballot language because, as their attorney Anderson Grandstaff said, the language was “prejudicial.” They sought to compel the Village Clerk and Village Council to draft and certify revised ballot question language regarding a proposed ordinance addressing recreational marijuana establishments in the Village.

Grandstaff argued the village didn’t give his group enough time to review the village’s ballot language before submitting it to the county for certification. The deadline for ballot language to be turned into the county was 4 p.m. on Aug. 16. At the hearing’s end, Judge Poles denied the coalition’s motion.

The official language that is currently on the ballot, yet to be printed, reads: This Petition Would Require the Village of Leonard Initiation of an Ordinance to Allow an Adult Use Recreational Marihuana Establishment.

“The Village of Leonard, as required by the authority of Section 6, Subsection 1 of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation Marihuana Act, 2018 Initiated Law 1 MCL…

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