Grand Rapids Drags Heels, Marijuana Remains Illegal


When you vote something into law, when do you think it should take effect?

It is always a great day in February when reports that it is 40 degrees out in the Detroit area. Spring is right around the corner and I’m looking forward to it.

This last election, many cities all throughout Michigan passed laws to decriminalize possession of marijuana. We saw it in Flint with the passing of a law that allows residents of the city to have less than 1 ounce of marijuana.

What Flint and Grand Rapids Have In Common

Similar to Flint, Grand Rapids passed a law that would decriminalize the possession and use of marijuana to a civil infraction – like a parking ticket- from a misdemeanor crime. Just under 60 percent of the votes in Grand Rapids approved this amendment.

All over Grand Rapids you see protestors holding sign that say:

Fight Crime Not Cannabis

Again similar to Flint, authorities are dragging their heels to implement the new amendment. The city is planning to execute the new amendment “very soon”.

According to

Though the city now can implement decriminalization, it has not yet done so. “I believe we will very soon do that,” City Manager Greg Sundstrom said. “I want to make sure our (police) department is ready. I want to make sure our courts are in alignment. This is nothing to be taken lightly.

Until Then…

If a situation arises and you or someone you know has been charged with a crime relating to marijuana, having an experience defense lawyer will benefit you tremendously. The law can be confusing especially when you think that some have been voted in legal yet remains illegal. If you have any question, do not hesitate to call.

Would you like to read more about what’s happening with marijuana and FlintMichigan? Check out the article below,

Did Your Vote to Legalize Marijuana Count?