Michigan Supreme Court Allows Grand Rapids Marijuana Decriminalization Law to Stand

Michigan Supreme Court Allows Grand Rapids Marijuana Decriminalization Law to Stand

LANSING, MI — An amendment to the Grand Rapids city charter that decriminalizes marijuana possession in the city will be allowed to stand after the state’s highest court refused to hear an appeal from Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth.

The amendment, approved by voters in 2012, makes the possession of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by fines ranging from $25 to $100 with no jail time.  The amendment, which was approved by nearly 60% of voters, also makes  marijuana cases a low police priority, and forbids city law…

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