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Additional Michigan Cities To Vote On Recreational Marijuana Use

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EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) - East Lansing is on the list of 12 Michigan cities that may have a chance to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana by those over 21.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick has the details.

Nine Michigan cities, including Lansing and Jackson, have already voted to decriminalize adult recreational use of marijuana. Now the pro-grass movement is taking the issue to 12 more cities.

Among those 12 are East Lansing, Mt. Pleasant, Saginaw, Oak Park, Hazel Park, Lapeer, Utica, Port Huron, Clare, Onaway, Harrison and Benzie County.

The effort to decriminalize marijuana began in Ann Arbor in 1973 but remained on hold until 2011 when seven other cities said yes.

Attorney General Bill Schuette, along with elements of the law enforcement community argue grass is a gateway drug leading to harder drug usage putting children and adults at risk.

The state public health director checks in on all this.

The pro-marijuana movement contends the local police should be fighting real crime and protecting real victims and should stop harassing consenting adults.

Some of the local issues will be on the ballot this August and others in November.

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