Which Michigan cities have voted to legalize marijuana?
Can you now use marijuana without worrying about the cops?
This month more than 11 Michigan cities voted on marijuana related measures. That is in addition to the other 11 cities that have already voted and passed marijuana decriminalizing or legalizing measures.
With the upcoming holidays, many people will be traveling throughout Michigan. College students are coming home and extended family members are visiting. Before you use or agree to possess marijuana in any amount, make sure to read through this article.
This article contains the Michigan cities that have decriminalized marijuana and what is allowed in those cities. While some have legalized it, others have just made it the local police department’s lowest priority.
Marijuana Friendly Cities in Michigan
- Ann Arbor: This was the first city to decriminalize marijuana back in the 1970s. If you are caught possessing marijuana in Ann Arbor today, it will result in a ticket of $25.
- Berkley: New to the list is Berkley, Michigan. The citizens of Berkley approved a city charter amendment that lifts the ban on a person 21 years and older possessing, transferring, or transporting less than an ounce of marijuana on private property.
- Detroit: Marijuana has been decriminalized for those 21 years and older possess an ounce of marijuana or less. However, the Detroit Police Chief has spoken out that he will continue to make marijuana related arrests because marijuana remains illegal under state and federal law.
- Ferndale: In Ferndale, you must be 21 years or older and on private property to possess an ounce of marijuana or less.
- Flint: Marijuana was decriminalized for those who are 19 years or older and possess less than an ounce of marijuana. However, like Detroit the local police have spoken out saying they will continue to make marijuana arrests.
- Grand Rapids: The possession of 2.5 ounces of marijuana has been reduced to a ticket citation.
- Hazel Park: Adults are allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana on private property.
- Huntington Woods: Like Berkley, a city charter amendment that was approved that bans the transfer, possession, and transport of less than an ounce of marijuana for adults 21 years and older on private property.
- Jackson: Like Lansing, Jackson has legalized the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana on private property for adults 21 years or older.
- Kalamazoo: Adults 21 years or older possessing one ounce of marijuana could a $100 fine and 93 days in jail.
- Lansing: Our states capital has legalized up to an ounce of marijuana for adults 21 years and older on private property.
- Mount Pleasant: An approved amendment to the city ordinance was made so that nothing in the city’s code could applied to the possession, transfer or use of marijuana by those 21 years and older on private property.
- Oak Park: Marijuana possession is legal for adults on private property possessing up to an ounce of marijuana.
- Pleasant Ridge: Here, marijuana-related crimes are of the lowest priority for the police.
- Port Huron: Like Mount Pleasant, a city charter amendment was approved that made it so that nothing in the cities code could apply to those adults 21 years and older that are possessing, using or transporting marijuana.
- Saginaw: The passing of a section to the city charter has banned the passing of any ordinances that prohibits the use, transportation, and possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults on private property.
- Ypsilanti: The consumption of less than an ounce of marijuana is the police officers’ lowest priority.
Bringing it Home
During the holidays and each and every day of the year, it is best to be informed of the local ordinances in Michigan about marijuana. If you or someone you know has found themselves with a marijuana charge, please have them contact my office. Having an attorney by your side who will fight relentlessly for your rights is critical.