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Should Michigan Decriminalize Marijuana?

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Should Michigan Decriminalize Marijuana, charging offenders with a fee instead of a misdemeanor?

That is the question that will be brought before state lawmakers in a house committee Wednesday.  

Representative Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor is sponsoring a bill that would require first time offenders caught with an ounce or less of marijuana to pay a $25 fee.

Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Flint, and Ann Arbor have already taken this step. 17 states across the country have also adopted similar plans.

Irwin hopes that by taking the criminal element out of marijuana use, it will free up police to focus on what he feels are more pressing issues.

Not everyone is on board with this idea. State Senator Rick Jones says he is worried about what will  happen if this bill becomes law.

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