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More Cities May Get To Vote On Recreational Marijuana Use

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Voters in another eight to 12 cities may get a chance to decriminalize marijuana.

As 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick tells us the question could be on the ballot this August or November.

Seven Michigan cities, including Lansing, have already voted to decriminalize the adult usage of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

The coalition behind this effort wants to expand that number.

The document outlining the game plan was reviewed by a Former Prosecutor and a Ann Arbor lawmaker. He thinks the public is ready to vote yes if lawmakers won't.

"I think the citizens recognize that movement in the legislature is hard to come by. sometimes you need to grab the bull by the horns to take leadership at the local level," said State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D), Ann Arbor.

"So that we don't waste millions of dollars and waste people's lives enforcing these crazy unenforceable laws."

"I do have fears if its abused or used illegally that it could become a gateway drug for other drugs," said State Rep. Tom Leonard (R), Lansing.

Legalization of grass in Colorado netted state coffers two million dollars last month.

This senator says the money is one thing, but what about the human costs?

"Two million dollars, but as a result how many deaths? How many bad accidents? So there is always a cost when you add another substance for people to abuse," said State Sen. Rick Jones (R), Grand Ledge.

The memo reveals that local coordinators are being recruited to lead the charter amendment changes at the local level and organizers says putting this on the ballot in almost a dozen cities is "a tsunami move."

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