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Talk About Legalizing Marijuana Goes Statewide


Michigan has made marijuana legal for medical use and some communities now want to make it completely legal.

Last November, the voters in Grand Rapids, Ypsilanti, Flint and Detroit decriminalized small amounts of marijuana for recreational uses and now the movement may be coming to Lansing.

It is part of a grand strategy outlined by Tim Beck who wrote the medical marijuana law that state wide voters approved four years ago. Mr. Beck indicates he has found support in the legislature to do this statewide and he sees support in the polls for that.

"50 percent of the Michigan population now believe that it should be out and out legal. Period," said Beck.

But even though voters in Detroit and Grand Rapids said yes, some local officials do not want to implement the law. State Attorney General Bill Schuette is watching all this very closely. He staunchly opposed the medical marijuana law and is not on board with efforts to decriminalize it city by city.

"Health discourse is fine, my point is in terms of legalizaing drugs, it poses a great health risk for people and it puts great pressure on young kids in terms of trying to make sure they don't go into stronger drug useage," said Schuette.

Governor Snyder does not have this issue on his agenda. As for which lawmakers may introduce this controversial proposal, no one has surfaced yet.

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