May 072015
 May 7, 2015

east lansing marijuana legalizationI have always been a fan of local marijuana reform efforts in Michigan. Several Michigan cities and municipalities have voted to decriminalize or even legalize marijuana. Those local victories have built a lot of momentum for a statewide victory. The latest city to vote for marijuana reform is the East Lansing, where voters overwhelming voted to end marijuana prohibition for the possession or transfer of one ounce on private property. Per MLive.Com:

With 16 out of 17 precincts reporting late Tuesday night, 2,973 voters, or 65.57 percent, approved a charter amendment to repeal the city of East Lansing’s current marijuana ordinances.

Now, the use, possession and transfer of up to 1 ounce of the marijuana is legal for people 21 years or older on private property.

Attorney Jeff Hank, who spearheaded the campaign, said he was pleased with the results. Between a statewide proposal being on the ballot, other city charter questions, the rain and finals week at Michigan State University, he didn’t know what the turnout would be.

The charter amendment doesn’t provide for stores or cultivation, but it will save East Lansing a lot of money on marijuana enforcement. East Lansing is yet another example of how local political efforts can help statewide causes. Supporters for marijuana legalization in Michigan can point to East Lansing’s overwhelming victory as a clear example of how much people want marijuana prohibition to end in Michigan. I wish more cities across America would follow suit.

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  3 Responses to “East Lansing Voters Pass Marijuana Legalization Proposal”

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    My question is, does this mean that the medical marijuana shops can now legally sell to anyone, card or not?

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      No, provisioning centers are still confined to selling for medical use only. Therefore you would need to possess a MMMP card.

      Unfortunately, many people seem to think that decriminalization being passed in East Lansing is going to make a difference when in all reality it’s not. Sadly, marijuana is still illegal under state and federal laws, which prohibits the use of marijuana regardless of what city ordinances may say.

      This is nothing more than a false sense of security. Beware!

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    it states on private property so a dispensary would have to close it’s doors to the public and go private membership.

    But until we get our dispensary bill passed the dispensaries are illegal anyway.

    Another great step forward to full legalization statewide!

    Michigan will go legal eventually, even if it is one city at a time!

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