Colorado and Washington have recived much press after both holding statewide votes to legalize personal possession of marijuana. However, they aren’t the only ones. A similar vote was on the ballot in cities across Michigan. And many of them passed.
Granted, this was not a statewide vote, but in Detroit the vote for personal possession passed. Proposition M as it was called, allowed for people over 21 to have small amounts (less than 1 ounce) of pot in their personal possession. This proposition passed in an overwhelming majority. In fact, it passed by a 65/35 margin. According to Detroit News, two other cities had hash on their ballots as well.
“In Grand Rapids, voters made marijuana possession a civil infraction punishable by a fine — rather than a misdemeanor that carried possible jail time — 59-41 percent.
In Flint, allowing possession of less than an ounce for those older than 19 was leading 57-43 percent with 95 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday afternoon.”
So, what does this mean for police officers and the judiciary? A major headache. Pot is still illegal statewide, so many speculate that it will still stay illegal. One Detroit councilman, Charles Pugh, said, “It’s a waste of our time.”
While lawmakers get to figure out what to do next, it is safe to say that reefer madness might be here to stay. For other election results, check Destination 270.