Federal Judge orders City of Salem to put marijuana ordinance back on June ballot


A federal judge is ordering the City of Salem to put an ordinance that would decriminalize marijuana back on the June 4 ballot.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Kleeh granted a preliminary injunction requiring city officials to return the “Sensible Marijuana Ordiance” to the ballot.  The city removed it, citing concerns that the ordinance may not stand up against existing state law.

Judge Kleeh ordered the plaintiff to come up with a $500 bond to cover the city’s cost of reprinting the ballots.

Judge Kleeh stated that removing the ordinance from the ballot infringed on the plaintiffs’ first amendment rights.

The plaintiffs were informed last month on the city’s intention to remove the ordinance from the ballot.

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