Marijuana Legalization Sweeps Through the Nation

Marijuana Legalization

Did you head to the polls last Tuesday to vote for the legalization for recreational marijuana?

Which Michigan cities passed pro-marijuana measures?

An article by CNN reminded us just how the American people feel about marijuana. In a recent Pew Research poll 54% of Americans support making marijuana legal. Those numbers made themselves known this week during mid-term elections.

Michigan Marijuana Mid – Term Elections

Mlive.com reported that 6 Michigan cites have passed marijuana decriminalization measures. That gives Michigan a grand total of 17 cities that have voted and passed marijuana decriminalization measure, some cities making small amounts of marijuana legal.

Let’s take a look at the 6 cities and what their voters actually passed.

  1. Huntington Woods and Berkley: These two cities approved city charter amendments that life the ban on persons 21-years and older possessing, transferring, and transporting less than an ounce of marijuana. In addition, the use of marijuana must be done in private property.
  2. Pleasant Ridge: This city joined Ypsilanti making marijuana related crimes the lowest priority for law enforcement.
  3. Saginaw: A section was added to the city’s charter. In this section elected officials are banned from passing ordinances that would restrict the possession, transportation and use of small amounts of marijuana by adults that are 21 and older on private property.
  4. Mount Pleasant: An “amendment the city ordinance so that nothing in the city’s code would apply to the use, possession or transfer of “small amounts” of marijuana on private property by those 21 and over.” – Morning Sun News
  5. Port Huron: Like Mount Pleasant an ordinance was passed that “prohibits anything in the code of ordinances from applying to people 21 years of age and older who use, possess, or transfer one ounce of marijuana on private property.” Reported by The Times Herald

Pro-Marijuana Changes Not Just In Michigan

Oregon, Alaska and yes, Washington D.C., have voted and passed that legalization of marijuana.

  1. Oregon will be following the lead of Washington State and Colorado. Both states passed laws that legalized personal possession, manufacturing and sale of marijuana for adults 21 years and older according to CNN.
  2. Alaska is very similar to Oregon and in addition will regulate the production and tax the sale and use of marijuana for adults 21 years and older.
  3. Washington D.C. is paving their own path. Any adult 21 years and older is permitted to possess 2 ounces of marijuana or less for personal use and is allowed to grow up to six cannabis plants at home. In addition you are can transfer up to an ounce of marijuana, however you are not allowed to sell it.

Summary

Marijuana legalization and changes are happening all over the country. They are happening rapidly. While law enforcement officers are challenged to keep up, in the state of Michigan marijuana remains illegal under state and federal law. Due to that illegal status, you may still be prosecuted under the law.

If you or someone you know is facing marijuana related charges, please contact my office. Having an experienced attorney by your side fighting for your rights is invaluable. Please call today:

248-348-7400 or 586-530-1000