LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Lansing voters will decide this November on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana for adult useage, but the state's top enforcement officer opposes it.
"I think it puts great stress on kids. It's a gateway drug," comments Bill Schuette, Michigan's Attorney General. If the state attorney general lived in Lansing, there would be at least one no vote on this ballot propositions.
With word that backers of this decriminalized ordinance have enough signatures to place it on the ballot, the battle lines are drawn with Schuettee at the head of the line against it.
"People can vote and have a debate and a discussion. I'm just saying I'm opposed to legalizing drugs and marijuana," Schuette says.
So far, Schuette is losing this battle. He opposed medical marijuana, it passed statewide. He's opposed other local ordinances and most have passed
The local backer of this ordiance is confident the same thing will happen here with or without Schuette's support.
Attorney Jeff Hank concludes when 7,000 persons signed the Lansing petition, it's proof that the citizens are saying they've had enough of the war on drugs and the "assault on constitional rights."
"If the founding fathers were here today standing with Mr. Schuette and I or if Jesus were around, they would say enough with the war, blessed be the peacemakers. Let's respect the constitution and the abuse we've seen from the war on drugs have gone too far," said Attorney Jeff Hank.
Hank does not have a budget to sell this amendment, but he expects the grassroots to support it, opposition from the state's top law enforcemtn officer not withstanding.
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