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Marijuana Legalization Issue On Michigan November Ballot

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Marijuana will become legal in the city of Flint, Michigan if voters approve the proposed measure on the November ballot. A group of marijuana activists returned a petition with more than the 1,3000 signatures from Flint residents necessary to place the matter on the ballot in the upcoming election, Michigan Live reports. If approved, the legalize cannabis amendment would permit anyone at least 19-years-old to possess less than one ounce of marijuana. Flint City Clerk Inez Brown told the Flint Journal that officials will be reviewing the marijuana signatures during the coming week to verify those who signed are registered voters.

“We’re really hoping this will give the officers here in Flint the option to use discretion so they can spend better time dealing with the rampant crime happening in the city,” Coalition for a Safer Flint representative Brian Morrissey stated during an interview with the Flint Journal. “”There are still quite a few people being arrested for minor possession of small amounts of marijuana… I think the citizens of Flint are definitely ready to see their police resources used more efficiently. I think this is a no-brainer.”

Even if Flint voters approve the marijuana decriminalization issue, using or possession of marijuana will remain illegal under state and federal law. Michigan state law does permit sanctioned medical use of marijuana via approved dispensaries.

Flint Police Chief Alvern Lock told the Flint Journal that it is “too early” to know if the new Flint law legalizing marijuana would have an “effect on law enforcement.” Chief Lock stated the department is “not ready to comment on that just yet.” The veteran law enforcement officers also noted that the police are just doing their jobs when they find marijuana and if they (voters) think “it’s a waste of time, then that’s fine.”

The effort to place a marijuana legalization issue on the ballot in Flint comes just one month after a Michigan Supreme Court ruling last month permitted Detroit voters to consider a similar measure.

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5 Responses to “Marijuana Legalization Issue On Michigan November Ballot”

  1. Malcolm Kyle

    Jury Nullification is a constitutional doctrine that allows juries to acquit defendants who are technically guilty but do not deserve punishment. – All non-violent 'drug offenders' who are not selling to children – be they users, dealers or importers – clearly belong in this category.

    If you sincerely believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy, then you must stop helping to enforce it. You are entitled to act according to your conscience: Acquit the defendant/s if you feel that true justice requires such a result. You, the juror, have the very last word!

    * It only takes one juror to prevent a guilty verdict.
    * You are not lawfully required to disclose your voting intention before taking your seat on a jury.
    * You are also not required to give a reason to the other jurors on your position when voting – simply state that you find the accused not guilty.
    * Jurors must understand that it is their opinion, their vote. If the Judge and the other jurors disapprove, too bad. There is no punishment for having a dissenting opinion.

    “It is not only [the juror's] right, but his duty … to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.” – John Adams.

    We must create what we can no longer afford to wait for – PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT!

  2. Michael Novak

    I don't even understand why people don't want it legalized. once its legalized people would probably use it less, and they'd most like vaporize it. which would make it smell a lot less (or at least that's what I hear). only the pot stylized people would still end up smoking it. and it makes it appear a lot less like smoking. mostly because, technically it's not. and all this "what if junior eats a cookie" stuff wouldn't be an issue.

  3. Red Stone

    Good if it becomes legal in, Flint. Undoubtably we'll see violence decrease with legalization & Flint sure needs that.