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Saginaw, Port Huron, and Mt. Pleasant vote for Pro-Marijuana Measures

November 5, 2014 Criminal Law and Procedure

Voters in Saginaw, Port Huron, and Mt. Pleasant voted yesterday to approve pro-marijuana city law measures.

In Port Huron, city law was changed to allow people over 21 to possess, use, and transfer up to one ounce of marijuana on private property.

There were 3,383 yes votes to 3,192 no votes on the amendment.

In Saginaw, voters passed Proposal 2, which bans city lawmakers from passing an ordinance that restricts the possession, use, and transport of small amounts of marijuana on private property.

The Proposal received about 60% of voter support.

Mt. Pleasant voters changed the city charter to allow use, possession, transportation, and transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana on private property by those 21 years and up.

The amendment received about 62% of voter support.

Please remember that this does not mean marijuana is legal in these cities. A person with marijuana can still be charged under state or federal – just not city law.

Nevertheless, these pro-marijuana measures are symbolic of the large amount of public support that marijuana decriminalization and legalization has in Michigan.

In addition, city police officers lose incentive to enforce state marijuana law because the city will not reap the financial gain of a marijuana charge.

Contact ArborYpsi Law at 734-883-9584 or at bernstein@arborypsilaw.com to speak with attorney Sam Bernstein.

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