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Lansing May Be Next To Vote On Decriminalizing Pot

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - This November, Lansing could soon be the next city in the state to decriminalize marijuana thanks to a ballot initiative approved by the city's election commission.


Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope says more than 4,100 voters signed a petition in favor of making it easier for people to have small amounts of the drug.

The proposal would amend the city charter and would not allow city ordinances to affect people over 21 who have an ounce or less of marijuana on private property. However, city officers may still enforce state or federal law if necessary.

"This doesn't impact state law. We don't actually have an ordinance that would prevent us from acting on. So really it wouldn't prevent city officers from acting on state law or federal law," said Swope.


While the proposal may have little impact if passed, those in favor of decriminalizing marijuana say it's still as step in the right direction.

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