Local group presents petition to decriminalize marijuana in West Virginia

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A local group presented a petition requesting that the issue of marijuana decriminalization in Salem on Monday to be presented as an option on the ballot in the city election in June. 

“55 for Cannabis,” in conjuction with the Sensible Movement Coalition, presented the petition, that had nearly 100 signatures, to Salem city manager Ronnie Davis on Monday morning.

The group says it decided to take matters into its own hands to push for the drug to be decriminalized in each city in West Virginia.

“They heard what we had going on in Ohio and the effectivness of it and what’s exciting is that there’s an option to do that here,” said SMC representative, Chad Thomspon. “There is local home rule in West Virginia, so citizens do not have to wait for city councils or the state law makers to make a move. They can decide to do it themselves.”

The Salem city manager told 12 News the next step is to verify the signatures and consult with the city attorney for a response. 

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