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Group Looks to Turn in Petition for Decriminalizing Marijuana

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - A group getting signatures hope to put the issue of de-criminalizing marijuana in up for a vote.

Petition drives in Lansing and Jackson are coming to an end and if enough names were collected, voters in those cities could get a chance this November to decriminalize a small amount of marijuana for adults.

Supporters of the law are not standing still. In downtown Lansing, they are coordinating a petition drive to place on the November ballot given the following:

 

  • Marijuana Ordinance
  • Less Than One Ounce
  • 21 or Older
  • No Fines, No Jail

Organizers need 4,200 valid petition signatures to do that. They currently have 4,020 and are shooting for 5000 names to turn in soon.

In Jackson, supporters are set to turn in their signatures on Tuesday. They need 430 valid names and are hoping to turn in 500.

One of the arguments being made is that if you stop the police from enforcing the current marijuana laws, you can free them to fight other crimes.

But Attorney General Bill Schuette will fight these efforts, which are spreading around the state. in fact, voters in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Flint have already approved decriminalization and petition will be filed in Ferndale on Tuesday to let those voters decide the question.

If lawmakers were to approve this, individual city votes would not be necessary and while there is some bi-partisan talk about doing this, it has not reached critical mass just yet.

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