Judge orders the City of Salem to put marijuana ordinance on ballot

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va. (AP)-- A federal judge is ordering a city in West Virginia to put an ordinance that would decriminalize marijuana back on the June 4 ballot.

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh decided, on Friday, that Salem city officials must return the "Sensible Marijuana Ordinance" on the ballot after the city removed it in February, citing concerns the ordinance may not stand up against existing state law after receiving an opinion from the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office.

Kleeh said removing the ordinance infringed on the plaintiff's First Amendment rights, but ordered the plaintiffs to pay the $500 bond to cover the city's cost of reprinting the ballots.

According to the proposed ordinance, marijuana possession would still be against the law in Salem, but penalties for simple marijuana possession would be removed.

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4/21/2019 12:12:23 PM (GMT -4:00)