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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- On the day the decriminalization of marijuana was supposed to go into effect in Grand Rapids, a group of protestors gathered outside the Kent County Prosecutor's office.

Earlier this week, prosecutor William Forsyth sued the city to keep the amendment from going into effect.

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Voters approved the city charter amendment exactly one month ago by a 58-42 margin.

"We have a right as citizens to change the law," says protestor Glenn Freeman. "We didn't even change the law, we changed the punishment. The law's the same, but the punishment is just reduced for our community. We have a right at citizens of communities or states to do things differently from national governments.

A hearing on the temporary restraining order, which keeps the law from going into effect, is scheduled for January 9.