Nov 052013
 November 5, 2013

lansing ferndale jackson michigan marijuana election 2013 resultsIt’s Looking Like A Clean Sweep For Marijuana Reform In Lansing, Ferndale, And Jackson, Michigan

Three cities in Michigan voted whether or not to remove marijuana possession penalties today. It appears that all three are going to win. In Lansing, Jackson, and Ferndale, Michigan, voters were asked to amend city charters to ensure “that nothing in the Code of Ordinances shall apply to the use, possession, and transfer of less than one ounce of marijuana, on private property, by a person who has attained 21 years.” From what media reports out of Michigan are saying, the marijuana reform efforts all won by pretty large margins.

In Ferndale, with 100% of precincts reporting marijuana reform voting, won 2,332 yes votes to 1,035 no votes.

In Jackson, the vote was declared a victory for the ‘yes’ side 2,242 votes to 1,434 votes.

In Lansing, with  43 out of 43 precincts reporting, yes votes are winning 61.6% to 38.4%

When you combine these victories with the one in Portland, Maine, its another stellar election for marijuana reform. I can’t wait to see how many cities and towns try this approach in the 2014 and 2016 elections. It’s a great way to get small victories that add up to big things, and will no doubt contribute to an eventual state wide victory. Go get ’em Michigan!

*this article was updated to reflect final election results.

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  • harleylove1928

    Some good news in Mi. We need it too!

  • Patrick

    Congrats! 2014 I predict will be the big year with 2016 the remaining states fall inline.

  • Anna Beagan

    I <3 Michigan.

    • painkills2

      It took me a second to see the heart :)

  • painkills2

    All this good news is going to be trumped by news of the lawsuit in New Mexico.

    • Rob

      What lawsuit in new mexico? Link please.

      • painkills2

        I assumed that people who read The Weed Blog also read AlterNet. Sorry dude, I’ll include the link next time instead of making assumptions.

  • Intergalactic Pimp

    This is a great step forward, and sends a strong message. Their ain’t no stoppin this train. Legalization on the federal level is going to be here sooner rather than later, IMO. We are living in what will no doubt be a big part of history, more so than the first prohibition. Exciting times.

  • juan ochoa

    Wish that was big spring texas

  • fergus

    Ohio is super jealous ;) maybe next year

  • rick p

    still dont help us in upper michigan lol

  • newdaycoming

    Sorry to take away from this joy but most people think Chris Christie may be next president. As NJs Gov. he has said he will veto any bills trying to decriminalize marijuana. He has said the does not want children to think marijuana is right or legal. Please be considerate of this when he runs for President. As a movement we do not want to stop this momentum.

    • painkills2

      Christie may appear mainstream to people in New Jersey, but to the rest of us… yuck.

  • Guest

    Smoke Weed Everyday

    -Dr Dre

    • matt

      Actually it was nate dog who said that on a dre album

  • chronic O.G.

    this news is great , except for the fact , you still have to keep it a secret , if you openly put your name out there (a dispensary ) the feds will let you build your business up and then when you think your on top ,BOOM, they pull the california fall on your ass , cease all bank accounts and assets , and basically make you broke trying to fight your case , then they let you do it again…… a well played game by the feds…

  • SamIam

    I’m surprised weed is not fully legal here in Michigan. Just about everyone does it. I wish they would allow us to have dispensaries again. I like being able to choose from a variety of strains. My caregiver loves Sativas so that’s mostly what he grows, but I’d love to try some Indicas like Grape Ape, Black Domina, etc.

    • Dawn

      go to gladwin, MI. on HWY 76 & 61 they are open phone #(989) 245- 0675

  • Moneyfella

    Not a good idea! There are enough wackos smoking, snorting, and drinking stuff then getting behind the wheel. Just what we dont need, more idiots behind the wheel high on M J. I see insurance companies getting ready to raise our res nd licking their chops over this. Everyones rates will go up. Just what this nation doesnt need…more immorality and stupidity.

    • EveryWishEveryStar

      Ummmm they are already smoking and driving… Every day since cars were invented. Laws against MJ do not stop that from happening. Just like legal alcohol does not stop drunk driving. Difference is… You don’t see many if any, reports of anyone ‘high’ and high only, killing people in car accidents do you? Nope, just legal pills and alcohol do that. Educate yourself please.

  • Opal

    I dont smoke no more but i have to thc fine i think should b sqashed from my record pleass

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  • Whodunnit

    I live in Jackson and have no connections (no, I am not looking for any). Can I legally purchase pot from a medical marijuana dispensary without having a medical marijuana card?

    • Entropy

      If they’ll sell it to you. You can certainly try, but many of them might be worried about some federal or state sting operation which is kind of likely because they would seize a lot of assets.