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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.

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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: Danielle@norml.org

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