While voters in Massachusetts, Washington and Colorado were making national headlines last night, some quieter marijuana law reform was going on in the state of Michigan as four cities decided to decriminalize or otherwise depenalize marijuana possession in certain amounts, including Detroit.
Sixty-five percent of voters in Detroit approved Proposal M, removing local criminal penalties pertaining to the possession on private property of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults over age 21. In Flint, voters approved a citizens’ initiative to amend the city code so that the possession on private property of up to one ounce of marijuana or cannabis paraphernalia by those age 19 or older is no longer a criminal offense. Grand Rapids voters approved Proposal 2 to allow local law enforcement the discretion to ticket first-time marijuana offenders with a civil citation, punishable by a $25 fine and no criminal record. Finally, in Ypsilanti, voters decided in favor of a municipal proposal that makes the local enforcement of marijuana possession offenses the city’s lowest law enforcement priority.
Never has there been this much success on an election night for the marijuana law reform movement. Our momentum is greater than it has ever been, which means now is the time to work harder than ever to bring cannabis freedom to more people nationwide.