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WIRE: East Lansing, Michigan votes to eliminate marijuana possession penalties

East Lansing, MI — Members of the city council in East Lansing, Michigan (population 49,000) have voted 4 to 1 in favor of a municipal ordinance that eliminates criminal and civil penalties pertaining to the private possession and use of cannabis by those age 21 and over.


Similar local measures are in place in several other Michigan cities, including Detroit, Flint, and Lansing. However, each of those measures was decided by voter initiatives, not by a city council vote.

The East Lansing ordinance reclassifies minor marijuana possession violations for those under the age of 21 to a civil violation.

Under state law, the possession of any amount of cannabis is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to one-year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

For more information, please contact Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director, at:

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