Supporters of legalizing marijuana submitted petitions Tuesday to let Berkley voters decide whether they want to decriminalize pot, following in the paths of two other Michigan cities.
Advocates hope to trigger ballot proposals in 12 Michigan communities this year.
Voters are expected to decide on decriminalization in Oak Park and Hazel Park during the Aug. 5 primary election.
If the Berkley signature drive is approved, as expected, residents will vote in the Nov. 4 general election.
The proposal would legalize up to an ounce of marijuana for anyone 21 years and old.
Leading the effort is Safer Michigan Coalition, which has run successful petition drives in the past.
Communities that have already decriminalized pot in Michigan include Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Jackson, Ferndale and Grand Rapids.
While decriminalization is a step forward, it’s far from a perfect safeguard for pot users. For one, it doesn’t prevent law enforcement from enforcing state and federal laws that still ban pot. And police in some communities just ignore the new ordinances, saying state law trumps local law.