Do you support the legalization of marijuana in Michigan?
Do you think Michigan will be the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana?
In December 2014, the High Times released an article that lists 8 states that are likely to legalize recreational marijuana. The list was originally compiled by The Street. Michigan was one of those states listed. As we look forward into 2015 and beyond, do you want Michigan to be one of the next states the legalize marijuana?
What is the reasoning behind why the High Times states that Michigan could be the next state to legalized recreational marijuana?
“Michigan: With efforts to decriminalize wildly successful, some believe the state could be the first in the Midwest to establish a recreational pot market.”
Decriminalizing Wildly Successful?
What does that mean? Fifteen Michigan cities have voted to decriminalize marijuana.
Ypsilanti, Michigan, like Pleasant Ridge, has voted to make marijuana possession one of the lowest priorities. This means that residents could still be charged with crime for possession of Marijuana.
So which cities have decriminalized marijuana?
Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids
Ann Arbor was way ahead on the decriminalization of marijuana. Back in 1972, marijuana was decriminalized. The possession of two ounces of marijuana less became a $5 ticket.
According to an article by Michigan Radio, today the ticket is $25 and the amount of marijuana is not listed. You can read more about this story at Looking to Ann Arbor, Michigan to Decriminalize Marijuana.
Grand Rapids voted and passed a law that is like Ann Arbor’s law and reduces the possession of marijuana to a civil infraction. The Kent County prosecutor’s office is challenges this in court.
Detroit, Flint, and Kalamazoo
These three cities have all decriminalized marijuana in a similar way. Adults 21 years or older who are in possession of up to an ounce of marijuana will have reduced charges.
Flint differs in that the age is 19 and the Flint police department has been clear that they will continue to in force state and federal law. In my article, Did Your Vote to Legalize Marijuana Count?, there is more information.
Lansing, Jackson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, and Oak Park
In these cities, adults over the age of 21 can possess up to one ounce of marijuana on private property.
Berkley, Huntington Woods, Saginaw, Mount Pleasant, and Port Huron
Here, the residents voted to lift the local ban on possession of marijuana for adults 21 years and older on private property.
A new section has been added to the Saginaw city charter. This new section prevents any elected officials for place further restrictions on marijuana for adults 21 years and older on private property.
Residents in Mount Pleasant voted that nothing in the city’s charter would punish residents who possess less than an ounce of marijuana.
The reality seems to be that the decriminalization of marijuana in Michigan has been somewhat successful. Fifteen different cities have decriminalized and legalized the use of recreational marijuana. In addition, two other cities have made marijuana related charges the lowest on their law enforcements priorities.
Detroit is working hard to lower the crime rate. While Detroit has done well, there is still much work to do be done. What role will the legalization of marijuana in the state of Michigan play in Detroit’s future?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.