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Lansing, Jackson Overwhelming Pass Pot Decriminalization Ordinance

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Jackson and Lansing voters who went to the polls Tuesday overwhelmingly decided to add onto the growing list of Michigan cities who've approved a marijuana decriminalization ordinance.


"It's a clear indication that we want to nullify federal and state cannabis laws," said Attorney Jeff Hank, who was behind the proposal in Lansing.


Hank says now that voters in 14 major Michigan cities, including Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids, approved recreational pot use, lawmakers at the state level should take action.

 "What we hope to have happen starting today is a dialogue and the conversation started on how do we legalize marijuana at the state level," said Hank, the chairman of the Coalition for a Safer Lansing.

Even though the proposals passed with over 60 percent of the vote in Jackson and in Lansing, the governor says he has more important issues on his agenda.

"And to make it very clear, the whole topic of marijuana is not something I have, nor intend, to spend a lot of time working on. I'm focused on better jobs," said Governor Snyder.

State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says pot legislation is too big an issue to ignore. "I think we have to look at it. Other states have done it. I mean, it's a big picture item and we have to look at all aspects of it."


No matter how many cities pass local ordinances, state law still maintains non-medical pot use is illegal.

Michigan senators say the Michigan legislature is looking at how to implement regulations on medical marijuana and that their priority is making sure it doesn't end up in the hands of minors.

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