MICHIGAN: Lansing voters will decide Tuesday whether the city can prosecute residents for smoking marijuana in their homes.
Supporters hope passage of the ballot measure will send a message to state lawmakers that Michigan is ready for legalized marijuana. In a 2008 state ballot measure, voters approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
The Lansing proposal would amend the charter to prohibit the city from regulating the “use, possession or transfer of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, on private property, by a person who has attained the age of 21 years.”
“It’s important to send a message and to take a position as a capital city,” said Jeffrey Hank, a Lansing attorney who has pushed to decriminalize marijuana in Lansing. “We’re the last of the major Michigan cities to have (marijuana decriminalization) reform.”
Hank is chairman of Coalition for a Safer Lansing, which collected more than 6,000 signatures in a petition drive to get the issue on the ballot.
Since then, Mayor Virg Bernero has supported its passage, saying marijuana prohibition has been a failure in Michigan and noting Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids already have passed their own decriminalization measures.