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Local Cannabis Depenalization Measures Win Big On Election Day


marijuana arrestby Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

In addition to the historic Election Day votes in Colorado and Washington, voters in several cities in Massachusetts and Michigan also decided overwhelmingly in favor of ending marijuana prohibition.

Massachusetts voters in over 40 municipalities — representing approximately one-fifth of the electorate — voted in favor of local (non-binding) public policy questions in favor of ending the criminalization of cannabis for adults. A complete tally of these public policy questions and results is available here.

In Michigan, voters in four cities – totaling over a million people – also decided on Election Day to legalize or depenalize the adult use of cannabis. Sixty-five percent of voters in Detroit approved Proposal M, removing local criminal penalties pertaining to the possession on private property of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults over age 21. In Flint, voters approved a citizens’ initiative to amend the city code so that the possession on private property of up to one ounce of marijuana or cannabis paraphernalia by those age 19 or older is no longer a criminal offense. Grand Rapids voters approved Proposal 2 to allow local law enforcement the discretion to ticket first-time marijuana offenders with a civil citation, punishable by a $25 fine and no criminal record. Finally, in Ypsilanti, 74 percent of voters decided in favor of a municipal proposal that makes the local enforcement of marijuana possession offenses the city’s lowest law enforcement priority.

Article from The NORML Blog and republished with permission.


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  1. Even in a free society there are those who would like to control the actions of others, right or wrong. When you get a grouping of these, its call government!

  2. The legalization of marijuana means an end to 2nd class citizenship to millions of good people. Its up to us to silence the ”nay-bob” prohibitionists by showing everyone else that we are productive, responsible citizens.

  3. wow, i cant beleive this is actually happening! its about time and its just the beggining. im glad that this is all starting to move along the way it is. who knows maybe the whole country will come to its senses and we will have a complete end to this prohibition by the time i die lol

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