Marijuana Is Now Decriminalized In East Lansing
It's official; As of last night, just over 65% of voters in East Lansing voted to repeal the current City of East Lansing ordinances when it comes to marijuana. According to MLive, the new law states that "the use, possession and transfer of up to 1 ounce of marijuana is legal for people 21 years or older on private property." Attorney Jeff Hank, the leader and proponent of this campaign is happy to see it passed.
Hank is hoping that the new ordinance will have a positive effect on East Lansing and that it will lead to fewer arrests involving marijuana. "We don't want to see the arrests" related to marijuana possession, Hank said, or have people caught in the criminal justice system. But since there were only 23 "use or possession" citations written last year, Mayor of East Lansing, Nathan Triplett says he "expect[s] the impact on our community to be very minimal." Especially because East Lansing Police view marijuana possession as a low priority enforcement.
So what exactly does this mean for East Lansing marijuana users? Eh, nothing much really... as long as you are over 21 years old, have less than one ounce of marijuana on you and you're on private property, you are operating within the new law. Overall, Hank and Triplett hope that the passing of this new law will force law makers higher up to address marijuana legislation... and hopefully lead to the Michigan reaping the benefits of marijuana legalization and taxation.
What do you think about this whole situation? Are you among the people who are FOR the decriminalization, and possible legalization, of marijuana? Or do you believe that marijuana use should be illegal? Let me know in the comments below or on our Facebook page. You can read more about the new change in East Lansing HERE!