U.S. Department of Justice Allows States to Regulate Legalization of Marijuana

Did you know that Pew Research Center found that 52% of Americans are for legalizing marijuana?

Almost a year after Colorado, Washington and cities all over America voted to for the legalization of marijuana, the Obama administration has reported that they will not be challenging any state’s effort to legalize marijuana in late August.

What does that mean for us here in Michigan? According to the Detroit Free Press and Karen O’Keefe, a Grosse Pointe native and director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C. This is what O’Keefe is reported as stating:

This means the laws in Colorado and Washington can go into effect and take the distribution of marijuana out of the hands of criminals and gangs. But it will give a lot of assurance to other states, like Michigan, that they can actively advance the policy goals that a majority of Americans support.”

Law makers in Lansing, Michigan will be addressing two bills that are pending in Lansing. The first deals with the distribution of marijuana and the second if passed would decriminalize the use.

How will marijuana laws be viewed in Michigan now?

Law officials from Macomb County and Ferndale have revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice announcement will not stop police officers and deputies from continuing to make marijuana arrests using current state law.

Since last year, we have seen how confusing it can to be legalizing a substance that has been illegal for decades. In cities where it was voted legal, we have seen police decide to not follow the city law and continue to arrest citizens.

The David J. Kramer Law Firm LLP has been committed to keeping our readers up to date with the new changes concerning the legalization of marijuana across our state as the news is released. Due to the laws differing from city to city and police department to police department, confusion has arisen for many citizens.

If you are one of those citizens or someone you know and love is facing a marijuana related charge, please call my office. These charges are overwhelming and you do not have to face them alone.